Global Experts Eagerly Await Kazakhstan’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

March 17, 2023

An expert meeting on the early elections of deputies to Mazhilis of the Parliament and Maslikhats of Kazakhstan on March 19 2023 was held, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Mongolia.

During the event the Ambassador of Kazakhstan Gabit Koishibaev informed the representatives of expert circles and mass media of Mongolia about the peculiarities of the upcoming elections, certain provisions of the electoral legislation of Kazakhstan as well as organizational aspects of the electoral campaign and election observation.

In particular he pointed out such peculiarities of the current Parliamentary elections as participation of candidates from single member electoral districts along with political parties, increase in the number of parties competing for the seats in Mazhilis thanks to simplification of registration procedure as well as decrease of threshold for parties to get into the Parliament, which significantly increase the chances that the new Lower Chamber of the Parliament will be represented by a wide range of political associations and independent deputies, who adhere to the principles of franchise. These changes became possible as a result of the amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan approved at the national referendum on June 5, 2022.

Besides, participation in competitive elections of all seven parties registered today for today will promote strengthening of the multiparty system in future and thus will ensure stability of the political system of the country and effectiveness of decisions on vital problems of citizens of Kazakhstan.

The Kazakhstani diplomat underlined that the large scale reforms conducted in Kazakhstan are conditioned by the necessity of cardinal rebooting of the political system and the early elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament are the most important stage in the process of political renovation of the institutes of state power of Kazakhstan.

During the expert meeting Mr. Kojshibaev answered a number of questions of the representatives of Mongolian mass media and expert community who expressed keen interest in the political transformations taking place in Kazakhstan.

In particular, the guests of the event got exhaustive answers to their questions such as the principle of formation of the Government of Kazakhstan, the practical content of the formula "a strong President - a powerful Parliament - an accountable Government", the reason for reducing the number of deputies in the Mazhilis, the procedure for compliance with the norm of a 30% quota in the Parliament for women, youth and people with disabilities, participation in the election campaign of Kandaceans who acquired Kazakhstani citizenship, the work of the polling station under the Kazakhstani representation and the organisation of the elections.

Meanwhile, the Parliament of Moldova supports the democratic changes in Kazakhstan

The meeting of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan Almat Aydarbekov with the Chairman of Parliament of Moldova Igor Grosu has taken place.

During the meeting, the Kazakh diplomat informed the speaker about the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan on March 19, 2023.

Aidarbekov gave a detailed introduction to the novelties of Kazakhstan's electoral legislation within the framework of the constitutional, political and economic reforms initiated by Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

In turn, I. Grosso has expressed support for the democratic reforms in Kazakhstan and a willingness to further deepen cooperation through inter-parliamentary and intergovernmental cooperation.

The sides also paid special attention to issues of trade, economic and energy cooperation, as well as infrastructure projects.

In conclusion of the conversation, the parties agreed to maintain working contacts for exchange of experience and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Kazakhstan's reforms and initiatives are also in the focus of attention of Spanish experts

The ambassador of Kazakhstan Danat Musaev had an expert meeting with representatives of Spanish mass-media and experts.

During the conversation the Kazakhstani diplomat spoke in detail about large-scale political reforms in Kazakhstan initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

In particular the Ambassador noted that the process of complex reloading of the institutions launched in 2022 is aimed at creating a new and equitable model of the political system of the country, strengthening the role of the Parliament and increasing the participation of the citizens in the political process.

In this context the importance of upcoming elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan on March 19, 2023 was highlighted. Those elections mark the final stage of modernization of Kazakhstan's political system.

According to the Ambassador, thanks to the reforms implemented on the eve of the elections two new parties were registered. He also emphasized that at the forthcoming elections all parties will be given equal opportunities.

The results of the elections should strengthen the institution of parliamentarism in Kazakhstan and allow the expansion of opportunities to protect the interests of different segments of society.

It is worth noting that before the elections to the lower house of Parliament, the country also held a constitutional referendum, presidential elections, and renewed the composition of the upper house of Parliament, the Senate.
On the background of these events, the elections to Mazhilis are a logical continuation of the process to get people's support for renewal of the branches of power and further implementation of fundamental reforms.
Speaker of Lithuanian Seimas spoke, in her turn, for deepening of traditionally strong relations with Kazakhstan.

Ambassador of Kazakhstan Timur Urazayev discussed with the Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen the issues of bilateral agenda and further strengthening of cooperation in various spheres.

The Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament named Kazakhstan her country's main partner in Central Asia, underlining the historically strong relations between our nations and Astana's weighted position on international issues.
She also noted with satisfaction the active work of the inter-parliamentary friendship groups in the legislatures of Kazakhstan and Lithuania. Mutual visits of the deputies of two countries to Astana and Vilnius promote strengthening of bilateral relations not only at political level, but also in other areas of cooperation.

The Kazakh ambassador particularly stressed the positive dynamics of Kazakhstani-Lithuanian cooperation in trade, economic and investment areas. Thus, the volume of trade in 2022 rose by 28.7% to $ 584 million, and major investment projects in the energy sector are implemented jointly.

Separately, he talked about the gradual implementation of constitutional reform, innovations in the electoral system of Kazakhstan and the upcoming elections of deputies to the Mazhilis of the Parliament and Maslikhats.

They agreed on the need to expand cultural and humanitarian links between the two countries, including in the area of sports. The Lithuanian speaker, the 2011 European chess champion and the only woman grandmaster in her country, stressed the achievements of Kazakh chess players in world championships and wished them success at the World Chess Championship to be held in Astana in April of this year.

Тimur Urazaev in his turn spoke about the work being done by the Embassy to promote the national game "togyzkumalak" and the opening of the only federation of this intellectual game in the Baltic region in Vilnius.

Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan are also in the focus of attention of Czech experts

The round table in the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Czech Republic devoted to forthcoming elections to Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan with participation of representatives of the state bodies, deputies of Parliament, leading analytical institutes of Czech Republic, and also "Club of friends of Kazakhstan" from among representatives of culture, education, scientific environment was held.

The Czech experts have shown the big interest to forthcoming elections to Parliament of Kazakhstan, so, in particular, the deputy of Senate of Parliament of Czech Republic Jan Zaloudik in his speech has underlined: "In the Czech Republic, the elections to the Kazakh parliament arouse great interest, I am convinced that the elections will be held under the sign of maintaining stability, sustainable and predictable development. We hope that friendly Kazakhstan will maintain sustainable and stable development in all spheres."

Czech political scientists, leading analysts and experts of analytical institutions of Czechia in their speeches noted that Kazakhstan, certainly, is interesting from the point of view of creation and development of political institutes, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and at the forthcoming elections to the parliament of Kazakhstan the representatives of the youth will show activity.

At the end of the event, Kazakhstani diplomats answered all questions from journalists.

Association of Kazakhstani students is created in Norway.

Oslo, March 16, 2023 - Kazakhstan's Ambassador to Norway, Adil Tursunov, met with Kazakhstani students studying at Norwegian universities.
During the meeting, he talked about the Embassy's interaction with students, as well as Kazakh-Norwegian cooperation.

Ambassador told about the importance of political reforms and coming elections to Mazhilis on March 19 that are realized by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. He encouraged Kazakhstani students to take an active part in voting.

As a result of the meeting, it was decided to establish the Association of Kazakhstani Students in Norway for joint promotion of Kazakhstani culture, support of newly arrived students and discussion of joint projects.

The students, studying at the universities all over Norway, are invited to take part in the new organization. Organizational issues of the Association will be discussed soon.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan