Debates for the 2023 Elections: Promises and Proposals of Political Parties to Kazakhstanis

March 3, 2023

On Wednesday, on the eve of early parliamentary elections scheduled for March 19, 2023, political parties of Kazakhstan participated in pre-election TV debates which were broadcast live on national TV channels, reports

People's Party of Kazakhstan at the debates

Asylbekov Askhat Asylbekov, a member of the People's Party of Kazakhstan, presented the party's election platform at the debate.
In the election platform titled "For the country, for the land, for the people", the party pursues the goal of building a fair society, where power and wealth belong to the people. The party proposes to create a chamber of auditors and an institution of lawmaking in the Mazhilis, the lower house of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. According to the party's electoral platform, the people should elect district judges. The party demands adoption of a new tax code and an anti-poverty law. The party promises to raise the minimum wage from 70,000 to 140,000 tenge, lower the retirement age for women to 58 years, and lower mortgage rates to 3%.

AMANAT Party at the debate
Yelnur Beisenbayev, Executive Secretary of the AMANAT Party, said that the party's electoral platform was adopted with the voters. According to him, AMANAT intends to eliminate injustice. "Oligopoly is unacceptable. Corruption must be completely eradicated," he said.

The party, which met with nearly 1 million voters nationwide, promises to open 100 new businesses and set decent wages for every citizen. "Every person should be a ward of the state," he said. According to him, social support for citizens will be increased 2.5 times. All children in the country will be covered by pre-school education. Rundown and three-shift schools will be eliminated. There will be 1.5 million young people employed. Monthly student allowances will be doubled," reads the program of the party.

The Respublica Party at the debates
The Respublica Party, represented at the debates by co-chairman Syrymbek Tau, focuses on equalizing education levels in urban and rural settlements, providing decent income and developing medium-sized businesses in rural areas.

The party has met with more than 700,000 people across the country, visiting eight regions and three cities. The party's priority is education and ensuring equal learning conditions for both rural and urban students. The second item on the party's election platform is the development of medium-sized businesses in rural settlements. "We need to train more qualified professionals. Our main goal is to support qualified and well-educated professionals and a hard-working population," he stressed.

People's Democratic Patriotic Party Auyl at the debate
Another party devoting much attention to the life of rural settlements is the People's Democratic Patriotic Party Auyl. Zhiguli Dairabayev, who ran for the presidential seat in the November elections, presented the party's program at yesterday's debate.

The party calls for raising the status of ordinary rural workers - engineers, mechanics, combine harvesters, cattle breeders, construction workers, etc. According to Dairabayev, there are 280,000 different personal subsidiary farms across the country that should be exempt from taxes. "Decent conditions must be created for people working in agriculture," he stressed. Issues of gasification, Internet access, and the opening of cultural institutions in rural areas are raised. The party calls for a law on food security in Kazakhstan.

Baitak Green Party at the debate
The Baitak Green Party builds its election platform around environmental protection and human health. "CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are 364 million tons. How many people are at risk of disease? We should focus on household waste recycling and energy issues," party member Azamatkhan Amirtayev said during the debate. He noted the need for a new law on local government. "Today there is no connection between the population and local authorities. We need to pass a new law as soon as possible so that the people can be heard in parliament," he said. Another important point in the party's program is that business should not interfere in politics.

People’s Social Democratic Party at the debate
Nurlan Auezbaev, a representative of the People’s Social Democratic Party, raises the issues of free health care, education, providing people with comfortable housing, increasing pensions, salaries, social benefits, providing employment and reducing all high-interest loans in the banking sector.
According to him, the party platform focuses on three urgent issues. The first is the introduction of European standards of living in Kazakh society. "Even the most vulnerable and the poorest person in the country must meet certain standards. He should have access to a consumer basket, as well as medicines, recreation, food, clothing, etc.," he said. The second point is the elimination of the oligarchic system. "People in Kazakhstan live in poverty despite the wealth of the country. This wealth must be returned to the state," he stressed. And the third pressing issue is to conduct investigative work in Parliament. "We must keep everything under the control of the people. We are constantly fighting corruption. We are working to return wealth to the state," he added.

Aq Jol Party at the debate
Berik Dyusembinov, a representative of the Aq Jol Party, spoke about liberalizing the economy, limiting state participation in it and supporting business.

"Unfortunately, today instead of the real economy we see only slides. Enterprises, in which the people's money and programs were invested, do not work properly. Our goal is to bring it all back," he said. To make parliament more influential, he said, budget-related issues should be accountable to the legislature. "In elections, the party should form the government. After all, in the last 30 years, no one has been held accountable for either government victories or failures," he stressed.