CEC Members Held a Series of Meetings with International Observers

March 17, 2023

On the meeting with a group of international observers from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly.

The meeting of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ermukhambet Konuspaev with the heads of the group of international observers from the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States led by Vagharshak Hakobyan and Dmitry Kobitsky who have arrived in Kazakhstan to monitor the early elections of the Mazhilis of the Parliament scheduled for March 19, 2023 took place.

During the meeting Ermukhambet Konuspaev informed his interlocutors in detail about the preparations for the parliamentary elections and innovations of electoral legislation in Kazakhstan. He underlined that the forthcoming elections of deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament is a significant event for Kazakhstan that is held in accordance with the constitutional reform initiated by the President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and supported by the citizens at the nationwide referendum last June and is aimed at continuous progress and positive changes in the way of the country towards even bigger democracy.

Kazakhstan traditionally attaches great importance to the extensive involvement of international observers. In this regard, Kazakhstan appreciates the well-organized work of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly in this area of its activity.

In addition, international observers were informed of the work done by the Foreign Ministry to implement the electoral rights of the citizens of Kazakhstan living abroad.

In turn, international observers highly appreciated the policy pursued by the leadership of Kazakhstan, noting the importance of the ongoing reforms in the electoral legislation of the country in accordance with the best international standards. They expressed confidence that the elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament and Maslikhats would be the next step towards further development and prosperity of Kazakhstan.

At the end of the meeting the leadership of the IPA CIS monitoring group wished every success in conducting the parliamentary elections and expressed readiness for further mutually beneficial cooperation in improving the electoral process.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan received a delegation of Romanian parliamentarians from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vasilenko has met with deputies of Romanian parliament Ilie Dan Barna, Costel Nekulai Dunava and Florin-Alexandru Alexe who have arrived as a part of observing mission of Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE.

During the meeting, the observers were informed about the main stages of the ongoing electoral campaign for the elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan scheduled for March 19, 2023.

The parties also considered topical issues of bilateral cooperation in the political and economic spheres. They noted the consistent and progressive development of Kazakh-Romanian relations and confirmed their interest in increasing the dynamics of economic cooperation between the countries.
The Romanian deputies, in their turn, highly appreciated the political, economic and democratic achievements of our country as well as confirmed the great interest of Bucharest in expanding and strengthening the mutually beneficial cooperation with our country across the entire spectrum of bilateral interaction.

At the end of the meeting, the parties stated that Kazakh-Romanian relations have a stable and consistent dynamics of development across the entire spectrum of bilateral interaction and agreed to continue regular dialogue on all issues of mutual interest.

OSCE PA mission officially started observing the elections of deputies to Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan from March 17.
In Hong Kong, the OSCE PA commended the reforms carried out in Kazakhstan.

On the eve of the early elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan, the Consulate General of the RK in Hong Kong and Macau organised a round table with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, deputies of the Legislative Council, the expert community and the diplomatic corps in Hong Kong.

During the event Consul General Almas Seitakynov acquainted the participants with the main stages of implementation of the political reforms initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and peculiarities of the upcoming extraordinary deputies to Mazhilis.

The participants of the event highly evaluated the ongoing reforms and approaches of the Kazakhstani authorities to modernize the political system of Kazakhstan.

The free discussion at the round table demonstrated the interest of Hong Kong experts and foreign diplomats in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.

In turn, the deputies of the Bundestag got acquainted with further modernization of the political system of Kazakhstan.

On the eve of elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan ambassador of Kazakhstan Nurlan Onzhanov told deputies of Bundestag, representatives of diplomatic corps, public and political figures, representatives of expert and business community of Germany, and German journalists about the current development of Kazakhstan internal political system, ongoing reforms in the country and peculiarities of upcoming parliamentary elections on March 19, 2023 under new electoral rules.

The Kazakh diplomat spoke in detail about the changes in Kazakhstan's legislation, which will accelerate national modernization thanks to the renewed democratic mandate to conduct inclusive and large-scale reforms.

Thus, according to him, the upcoming elections will be held under a mixed electoral system, where 70% of the deputies will be elected from party lists, 30% - from single-seat constituencies, and to ensure the inclusiveness of the electoral process the law introduced a 30% quota for women, youth and people with disabilities in the distribution of seats in Parliament, as well as simplified the registration of parties and lowered the threshold for their entry into the Mazhilis of Parliament.

Nurlan Onzhanov also informed the participants about the course of pre-election campaign and expressed his satisfaction with participation of numerous national and international observers, including German deputies as members of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on election observation and German observers in the long-term and short-term OSCE missions.

"These elections reflect changes in society and provide impetus for further modernization of Kazakhstan's political system. Our country is committed to holding fair elections in full compliance with national legislation and international best practices," the Ambassador noted.

According to German experts, the lowering of the threshold for parties to enter the Mazhilis of the Parliament from 7 to 5%, by analogy with Germany, is the best option which will allow bringing political variety to the Parliament.
Angela Lieke, an expert on Central Asia, drew special attention to the role of women in Kazakhstan against the background of the introduction of a 30% quota for women, youth and people with disabilities in the allocation of seats. In her opinion, Kazakhstan has "many talented women, who are clearly represented in politics and business, and their greater representation in the legislative body of the country will certainly strengthen its role.

New members of the Armenian Cabinet expressed support for reforms in Kazakhstan.

Kazakh Ambassador Bolat Imanbayev held several meetings with new members of the Armenian government, including Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Zhanna Andreasyan, Minister of Finance Vahe Hovhannisyan, as well as Minister of High-Tech Industry Robert Khachatryan and Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan. During the talks, the sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral Kazakh-Armenian cooperation in various fields.

The Armenian side was informed of the development of cooperation in the political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres between Astana and Yerevan, as well as the large-scale political and economic reforms program proposed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Much attention was paid to the issues of constitutional reform and the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan. The heads of departments praised the policy of Kazakhstan's leadership and noted the relevance and significance of the ongoing reforms in accordance with international standards. Minister Andreasyan expressed confidence that the elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament and Maslikhats "are an important event in the political life of the country on the path of development and prosperity for the benefit of all people of Kazakhstan," and wished success in carrying out the elections.

During the meetings the parties discussed the issues of deepening of multi-faceted mutually beneficial cooperation between Kazakhstan and Armenia and the schedule of bilateral events in 2023 as well as organization and holding of the 9th session of the Kazakh-Armenian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation in Yerevan this year.

The upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan were discussed in Dubai.

The general consul of Kazakhstan in Dubai Rauan Zhumabek held a meeting with the representatives of information, scientific, academic and cultural circles of Dubai and Sharjah Emirates.

During the meeting, the guests were informed of the important political and socio-economic reforms taking place in our country. The main attention was paid to the innovations in the electoral system of Kazakhstan, in particular the extraordinary elections to Mazhilis of Parliament and Maslikhats scheduled for March 19, 2023.

Rauan Zhumabek emphasized that the upcoming parliamentary elections are the last significant step in reforming the political system of the country.
The participants of the meeting expressed support for the reforms implemented by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, and expressed confidence in their timely implementation.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan