Electoral Culture was Discussed by KISI Experts in Zhezkazgan

March 3, 2023

In Zhezkazgan held a meeting of the national expert platform "KISI GPS: Gylym. Pikir. Sayasat" on the theme of "New Civic Culture: Election Behavior on the Eve of Elections.

The meeting was attended by the leadership of the region, KISI experts under the President of Kazakhstan, and representatives of public organizations and trade unions of Ulytau region.

The election campaign shows that the course for political modernization set by the Head of State is bearing fruit. Active citizens are exercising their right to be elected within the legal framework. Voters closely watch the candidates' speeches and their rhetoric. The introduction of a mixed electoral system increased the level of activity in the political space and created conditions for healthy political competition.

The upcoming parliamentary elections are an important step towards implementing the reform course of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The Mazhilis and maslikhats will be organized in a new way, in accordance with the constitutional changes approved by the people of Kazakhstan in the referendum of 2022. In order to reset the entire political system, according to the new norms, an electoral cycle is held which will end with the election of deputies to the Mazhilis and Maslikhats.

The activity in public politics in Kazakhstan began long before the announcement of the elections, when the laws on political parties and elections were amended. Some political parties went through rebranding and change of leadership, others just appeared on the political field. All parties, as well as nonpartisan candidates, compete for votes in single-member districts.

How active are political parties and candidates in single-mandate districts? What is characteristic of the electoral culture in the Ulytau region? What are the expectations of voters? What challenges do the candidates face? These and other questions were discussed by experts, political scientists and representatives of public organizations at the meeting "KISI GPS: Gylym. Pikir. Sayasat".

Galymzhan Kusmangali, Deputy Akim of Ulytau Region, said that there was a lot of criticism during the last elections.

"Now, thanks to information technology, we can say that the political space is open. On the other hand, fakes and black PR appeared. These are 'diseases of development.' Today the relevant question is to what extent our citizens and candidates are ready for the new political system," Galymzhan Kusmangali noted.

According to Svetlana Zhumkina, director of the Zhezkazgan College of Business and Transport, it is necessary to form ethical norms in a renewed political culture.

"Deputies, as civil servants, are subject to officially accepted ethics. At the same time, candidates must also demonstrate their high political culture. The purpose of deputies is to serve the state, to protect the interests of the country," believes Svetlana Zhumkina.

Zhanar Salykova, chief of staff of the Zhezkazgan branch of the "Kasip Korgan" trade union, expressed the hope that the upcoming elections will be held at a qualitatively new level.

"It is necessary to understand that getting a deputy's chair is not an end in itself. Candidates going to elections should ask themselves: "What can I do for society? The results of the elections should justify the hopes and expectations of the people," said Zhanar Salykova.

Elmira Alpanbayeva, Chairwoman of the Meyrimdi Zhurek Public Association and editor-in-chief of the Zhezkazgan Vestnik newspaper, noted that political reforms have enabled citizens to actively participate in elections.
"Voters trust the media. During the election campaign, we legally give equal opportunities to each candidate to convey their election program to the people. We try to provide readers with reliable information," said Elmira Alpanbaeva.

Nadezhda Disekenova, Chairwoman of the Dialogue, invited voters to pay attention to the content of election programs.

"It is important to represent interests without dividing society. Political parties, public organizations and independent deputies should clearly understand this. Will renewed and new parties be able to form a new political culture? To prevent populists and random people from getting into Parliament, voters should vote for electoral programs," Nadezhda Disekenova voiced her opinion.

Saken Smagulov, inspector of the "Kasip Korgan" trade union, believes that new political faces should be supported.

"We see the positive results of political reforms. It is necessary to support new people in politics, parties, but in order to win the trust of the people it is necessary to work effectively and achieve real results. It is also relevant to widely disseminate information about this work in the information space. It is necessary to be aware of the work of people's deputies", - shared Saken Smagulov.

"Young people know the President as a reformer and support his policies in every way. The effort of young people is also important for reforms. Sometimes the opinion of young people does not reach the authorities. Thanks to the reforms, young people can professionally participate in politics. I think young candidates have included their ideas and intentions in their election programs. Young people should contribute to the implementation of reforms," said Saken Kairatuly, deputy chairman of Jastar Bolashak.
Alua Joldybalina, Deputy director of KISI under the President of Kazakhstan, said that it is important to know what is happening in the regions.
"Each region has its own problems, and the structure of society may be different. That's why the degree of support for candidates running for election from political parties and for single-mandate districts is different," said Alua Zholdybalina.

Yermek Toktarov, head of the Strategic Analysis Department of the KISI under the President of Kazakhstan, stressed that the upcoming elections have a direct impact on the renewal of political culture in Kazakhstan.
"Political parties and independent candidates are fighting for the vote of voters in the new political space. The most important stage begins after the elections. After all, our citizens assess not only the work of the deputies, but also all political reforms," concluded the speaker.

Extraordinary elections to Mazhilis and maslikhats will be held in Kazakhstan on March 19.

Source: www.inform.kz