Upcoming Elections Will Be Crucial in the Development of Kazakhstani Democracy - Beisenbayev

2nd of March, 2023

On the eve of elections to Mazhilis of the Parliament a thematic round table was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Belarus. Diplomats and experts discussed not only the uniqueness of the current election campaign, but also touched upon all of the political transformations that have occurred in Kazakhstan over the past year.

Among the invited speakers - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Belarus Askar Beisenbayev, representatives of political, expert and academic circles of our country.

“The constitutional amendments, which were introduced as a result of the nationwide referendum, held in June 2022, paved the way for new democratic principles in Kazakhstan, including the increased influence of the parliament, the limitation of presidential powers, the simplification of procedures for registering new political parties, and the direct election of village mayors. But the main thing is that people's confidence in the authorities has grown,” said Askar Beisenbayev.

Kazakhstan is on the verge of early elections to the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament) and maslikhats (local representative bodies), which will take place March 19.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Belarus pointed out that President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced Mazhilis and maslikhats elections in his address to the nation last September. More than half a year has passed since then.

“And this is the first time in the modern history of Kazakhstan when the candidates have had such an amount of time to prepare for the election campaign,” the diplomat emphasized. - The upcoming elections represent the final stage in the cycle of political renewal initiated by the President, which started with the presidential election on November 20 last year and continued with the elections to the Senate on January 14 this year.

Members of seven political parties will be competing for parliamentary seats. Two of them were created quite recently - in November and January. A total of 12,451 candidates are being nominated, 716 of whom will run for the Majilis and 11,735 for the maslikhats.

“The upcoming elections will be another important milestone in the development of Kazakhstan's democracy. Of course, the elections will not change our country overnight, but they will further contribute to the creation of a Fair Kazakhstan - a prosperous society with a vibrant, dynamic and competitive political system. I am sure that our country will be an even stronger partner in the international community, of course, especially for our reliable strategic partner, a long-time friend of the Republic of Belarus,” concluded Askar Beisenbayev. “Our political reforms are the foundation by which we will secure our stability and continue to build our future.”

Source: www.sb.by