On visiting seminar-meetings in the North Kazakhstan and Akmola regions Akmola region

February 25, 2023

On February 21-22, members of the Central Election Commission Konstantin Petrov and Sabila Mustafina took part in the exit seminar-meetings in the North Kazakhstan and Akmola regions on the issues of preparation and carrying out the early elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament and Maslikhats of the RK appointed for March 19, 2023.

The representatives of local executive bodies, workers of regional prosecutor's offices, members of territorial election commissions, representatives of election headquarters of candidates, international observers and representatives of mass media participated in the events.
The members of the Central Election Commission told in details about the innovations of electoral legislation, the results of registration of candidates for deputies to Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan in 29 single-seat constituencies, issues of financing pre-election campaigning, as well as the accreditation of national and international observers.

The head of akim’s administration of North Kazakhstan region, Olzhas Idrisov, reported on the work done on elections.

So, in the region there are 819 election commissions, including 15 territorial (105 members), 631 local (3 543 members) and 173 districts (865 people).
To get information about his polling station and the presence in the lists will be possible on the services "Search voters", Telegram bot, call centers are available in 13 districts and the city of Petropavlovsk.

He also reported that there are 193 locations for meetings of candidates with voters, and 306 locations for the placement of visual campaigning.

Special conditions at the polling stations are provided for 2 thousand citizens with disabilities. To date, of the 631 polling stations 532 are provided with ramps, 563 - tactile signs at the entrance, 504 - tactile signs at the polling station. Besides, in the period of voting for disabled people there will be organized corners at 619 polling stations and booths at 565 polling stations.
For 652 voters with hearing impairment there will be information available at the polling stations to provide assistance in online or offline sign language interpreter services. The Invataxi and social cab services will be employed in the regional center on the voting day.

Similar work is carried out in Akmola region. Azamat Kapyshev, head of the administration of the regional mayor’s office (akim), reported that in order to update the voter lists, the official website of the regional mayor has created a service "Check yourself", where each voter can get information about the number and location of the polling station by IIN, and a telegram bot "AkmolaSailauBot" is also working. Call centers have been created in each region.

The suburbs of the capital and the town of Kosshy, the village of Zhibek Zholy (Arshaly district) are in the zone of special attention, as there is a large number of unregistered citizens.

All residents of the metropolitan area, registered in Astana, will vote at the place of permanent registration.

Azamat Kapyshev also noted that as of today there are 3.8 thousand citizens with special needs who have the right to vote in the oblast. From 700 polling stations, 663 are fully equipped with the necessary conditions of accessibility. At other polling stations portable ramps will be organized as needed.

At 594 polling stations there will be installed special corners for voters with physical disabilities; 527 polling stations will have booths for secret voting. Voters with physical disabilities, including those who use wheel chairs, will be able to use these booths. In 8 districts and cities sign language specialists will be engaged at polling stations for voters with hearing impairment. On Election Day, Invataxi services will be involved.

Also, within the framework of seminar-meetings the representatives of regional prosecutor's offices who informed about supervision over observance of legislation by the participants of electoral process made speeches.

The second part of the programs included trainings in the form of a business game based on case technology for territorial and precinct election commissions.

During the specially organized business game, members of the region election commission simulated the voting process at polling stations, demonstrating all the work of the election commissions on election day (registration of voters, issuing of ballots, voting with a certificate of de-registration from another region, etc.).

At the end of the seminar-meeting the members of the Central Election Commission answered all the questions of the territorial electoral commissions.