Few days remain till important political event. On March 19, Kazakhstan will hold early elections of deputies to the Mazhilis and Maslikhats. According to public activist Pavel Afanasyev, elections are one of the forms of direct manifestation of democracy, so it is short-sighted to ignore them.
PAVEL AFANASYEV, chairman of the permanent commission of the public council of North Kazakhstan Region:
“According to the Constitution, people are the only source of power, the bearer of sovereignty. It is at elections that the people exercise this right to give binding instructions to the authorities, which must be strictly implemented and respected. Elections cannot be ignored for the simple reason that these events are decisive for our state for many years, not only for the near future, but even for the distant future. And who, if not us, must decide questions concerning this very future.
On the "X" day there will be five ballots waiting for the voters at the polling stations” said Pavel Afanasyev. He added that the mixed electoral system involves voting not only for a particular political party, but also for individual candidates.
PAVEL AFANASYEV, chairman of the permanent commission of the public council of North Kazakhstan region:
“The Mazhilis is being formed on a quota of 70 to 30. 70% of the seats will be given to representatives of the parties, 30% of the seats will be given to single-mandate candidates or persons-candidates going by the majoritarian electoral system. The regional maslikhat is formed in a 50/50 proportion. 50% of the seats - 15 seats are allocated to representatives of political parties, and another 15 seats are allocated to representatives under the majoritarian electoral system. City district maslikhats are elected only under the majoritarian system.”
More than 14 thousand candidates have been nominated nationwide for the upcoming elections. 556 of them are from northern Kazakhstan.