Experts Praised Parliamentary Elections Results in Kazakhstan

March 25, 2023

The OSCE observer mission is finishing its work in Kazakhstan.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vasilenko held a final meeting with the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights observer mission Owen Murphy.

The parties summed up the work of the mission in Kazakhstan and also discussed some aspects of the Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions on Observation of Parliamentary Elections announced by the OSCE mission on March 20.

The Deputy Minister thanked the observers for the work done and underlined that "Kazakhstan appreciates the international support of the OSCE in the sphere of democratic development of our country.

Оwen Murphy noted that these elections "brought elements of competitiveness to political life due to the participation of self-nominated candidates and expanded the opportunity for voters to choose." He has also expressed gratitude to the Kazakhstan party for the rendered assistance, having highly estimated professionalism and responsiveness of the state bodies, representatives of political parties and civil society to the mission.
A particular topic of discussion was the preparation of the final report of the OSCE on the observation of the Parliamentary elections with the recommendations for further improvement of the election process. Roman Vasilenko stressed the importance of an objective approach to its preparation.

The OSCE representatives noted that the recommendations will be presented in the final report in a few months and expressed the hope that the recommendations will be used for further modernization of the election system of Kazakhstan in line with international standards, the best foreign practices and the commitments outlined in the 1990 Copenhagen Document of the OSCE.

After the report is published, the Office is interested in sending an expert group to Kazakhstan to discuss the document more thoroughly with the CEC and other interested state bodies of Kazakhstan.

At the end of the meeting, the parties exchanged opinions on further development of constructive and fruitful cooperation between Kazakhstan and OSCE in the sphere of organization and holding of elections.

The Armenian experts assessed the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan as free and transparent.

An expert meeting on the recent parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan was held in the Armenian capital, which was attended by representatives of the expert community, NGOs and the mass media of Armenia. The participants were informed on political, social-economic and democratic reforms in Kazakhstan and the preliminary results of the elections to Mazhilis of Parliament and Maslikhats.

Arman Ghukasyan, Chairman of the International NGO for Human Development, who participated as an international observer in the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan, emphasized that "the elections were free and transparent in accordance with the national legislation and international standards, with broad participation of local and foreign observers.

According to Mger Sahakyan, Director of China-Eurasia Armenian Council of Political and Strategic Studies, "the past elections became another milestone in the development of Kazakhstan's democracy and demonstrated the support of the citizens of Kazakhstan for the political course of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The coordinator of the Eurasian expert club, political scientist Aram Safaryan noted the "high level of preparation and holding of the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan, which were highly estimated by the international community.

During the event the participants also discussed the schedule of joint actions in 2023 within the framework of the further development and strengthening of the Kazakhstani-Armenian cooperation in various spheres.
Czech experts also highly appreciated the results of the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.

The representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, members of the Senate of the Parliament, leading experts from the analytical institutions of Prague, and representatives of the mass media of the Czech Republic discussed the results of the elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

The Czech experts discussed the prospects for the development of parliamentarism in general, as well as further strengthening and development of bilateral political, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic.

PhD in Political Science of Masaryk University, professor Jan Švec underlined in his speech: "The peculiarity of elections to the lower chamber of the Parliament of Kazakhstan is the key component of social and political reforms, initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The reforms are aimed at strengthening the protection of the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Kazakhstan, ensuring the diversity of political views in the representative bodies of power".

Dr. Slavomir Horák, Professor at Charles University, noted: "Kazakhstan is a strategically important partner for the European Union, its political stability and progressive, confident development are of great importance for the region. Kazakhstan held democratic elections, the world's international political institutions confirmed the transparency and competitiveness of the parliamentary elections, which is certainly an important step for the further strengthening of stability and sustainable development".

At the end of the event Kazakhstani diplomats answered all questions of journalists and experts.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RK