The ongoing political transformation has affected all key institutions and promotes pluralism.
The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized an expert discussion on Political Reforms: the Stage of Systemic Change.
Leading experts in the social sciences, political scientists, public figures and representatives of the academic environment took part in the event.
The first session began with a discussion of the peculiarities and importance of the 2023 elections, and an assessment of the impact of the systemic changes that have taken place as part of the implemented political reforms.
State Counselor of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Karin participated in the session.
In his speech State Counselor noted that the current electoral period is one of the key elements of the political transformation. The basis for the systematic reset of the political system and the current parliamentary elections was last March's Address of the President. Within the framework of this document, conditions for the development of party competition and the opportunity for citizens to stand as candidates for deputies of the Mazhilis and Maslikhats were created during the year. In addition, the State Advisor emphasized that the political transformation underway affected all key institutions and promoted pluralism.
According to the speakers, the political reforms provided an opportunity for transformation of the electoral culture and growth of civil activity in the country. Experts argue that this election campaign will be the final stage in the modernization of state institutions. The set of political reforms has affected all levels of representative power and created the conditions for the renewal of the entire system. In the run-up to the elections, the main factors of the current election campaign - political parties have been joined by new parties created according to new requirements. This is also an indicator that political reforms have given a strong impetus to party building in Kazakhstan.
In the second session the experts discussed political responsibility and patriotism on the way to renew civil society. According to the speakers, in today's society, it is the political culture that can become a unifying factor of society. Therefore these elections will become a manifestation of changes in society and transformation of the political system, becoming an important stage in the process of modernizing the institutions of power.
Early elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan are scheduled for March 19.