ELECTIONS FILL ONE THIRD OF SEATS IN PARLIAMENT’S UPPER HOUSE
Astana, August 19: Kazakhstan’s 2011 Senate elections were held today on
August 19 with 16 of the 47 seats in the upper house of Parliament being
contested. Preliminary figures indicate that the overall turnout of voters
reached 96.6% (the Kazakh Senate is elected by deputies of maslikhats - local
councils). In the election race 39 registered deputy nominees ran for a seat in
Following the elections Chairman of the Central
Election Commission (CEC) Kuandyk Turgankulov briefed on the first results of
the electors’ voting.
to current data of election commissions of the regions and cities of Almaty and
Astana, of 3,283 Maslikhat Deputies, included in the list of voters, 96.6%
parliamentary electors took part in the voting process”, Turgankulov says. He
also noted that the elections in all regions are declared valid.
this day “Nur Otan” Party’s (the country’s dominant party) press release
announced: “All the 16 Deputies that won a seat in Parliament, are the members
of “Nur Otan” Party”.
the same press release the first Deputy Chairman of “Nur Otan”, Party Nurlan
Nigmatullin added that the absolute majority of the candidates nominated by
their party once again won a landslide victory.
CEC member Tatyana Okhlopkova reported at the briefing that no law violations
occurred during the election process.
election commissions have not recorded any complaints or appeals from observers
and other participants of the Senate elections”, she says.
The monitoring of the process of voting and counting
carried out by 371 registered observers, 33 authorised representatives of the
deputy candidates, 52 observers from foreign states and international
organizations, 29 from political parties, 37 from NGOs, and 220 representatives
were of local and foreign media.
The final elections outcome will be announced next
“The electoral commissions of regions and the cities
of Almaty and Astana are due to introduce the Protocols on or prior to August
20. According to electoral legislation the CEC is obliged to reveal the final
election results based on the Protocols on August 25 and release a statement in
the mass media not later than August 28”, Turgankulov added.
In accordance with the Constitution of Kazakhstan
senators are elected on an alternative basis (at least two candidates for a
parliamentary mandate). The majority of candidates represented “Nur Otan”
Party, the ruling party, with 25 candidates, two candidates from the parties
“Ak Zhol” and “Aul” (Village) respectively, 8 independent candidates and other
4 ones did not indicate their party affiliation.
The upper house of Parliament has 47 seats, of these
15 are appointed by President and 32 are elected by parliamentary electors -
members of maslikhats (local councils) from the 16 regions of the country (14
regional centres, and cities of Almaty and Astana).
are elected for a period of six years. Every three years a part of senators are
elected (16 Deputies). Each MP must be at least 30 years old and should be a
citizen of Kazakhstan. The last senate elections were held in 2008.