Elections of deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament and maslikhats

Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan (2023) are early elections of deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, which are to be held on March 19, 2023.

In parallel with the elections of deputies of the Mazhilis, elections of deputies of maslikhats of all levels (district, city, regional) will be held.

E. Karin: 10 innovations of the
upcoming elections
  • For the first time since 2004, candidates for the Mazhilis will be elected in single-mandate districts (29 out of 98 deputies).
  • There will be no Assembly of People of Kazakhstan quota in the new composition of the Mazhilis.
  • There was an opportunity to be nominated not only by parties and NGOs, but also by self-nomination.
  • For the first time in the ballots for the elections to the Mazhilis and maslikhats there will be a column "against all".
  • The elections, although extraordinary, were announced six months in advance.
  • 7 political parties have the right to participate in the elections, two of which are registered after the entry into force of the new provisions of the law on parties.
  • The threshold for passing parties has been reduced from 7% to 5%.
  • The threshold for passing parties has been reduced from 7% to 5%.
  • A 30% quota for women, young people and persons with special needs in party lists will also apply to the distribution of mandates.
  • Voters will vote on five ballots (in cities of republican significance – on four ballots).
Republican referendum

The republican referendum in Kazakhstan was held on June 5, 2022. President of the country Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed holding it on April 29, 2022 at the session of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, on May 5, 2022, a decree on holding a referendum was signed.

Early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The elections were held on November 20, 2022. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in his message to the people of Kazakhstan on September 1, 2022, proposed to hold early presidential elections on November 20, 2022, the president also proposed to reduce the maximum number of presidential terms from two to one and increase the term of the presidency from five to seven years.