What Kazakhstanis can expect after the election of deputies to the Mazhilis and maslikhats

February 21, 2023

During the broadcast of the Krivosheev.live program on the Jibek Joly channel, various political experts and analysts shared their insights on the upcoming political season and discussed their predictions for what the Kazakhstanis can expect following the elections for the Mazhilis and maslikhats.
A distinctive feature of the upcoming elections will be the participation of self-nominated candidates in single-mandate constituencies within the framework of a mixed electoral system. It should be noted that the last time single-mandate candidates participated in the election process was in 2004. Giving citizens the opportunity to vote for specific individuals is especially important when forming representative bodies at the regional level. After all, deputies of maslikhats closely interact with citizens.

During the Krivosheev.live program's discussion on the topic of the "New political season," political experts shared their insights on how the political landscape may shape up following the elections in the single-mandate districts and what the implications could be for Kazakhstan after the elections on March 19.

"A well-governed country is a self-governing country. A person who comes into power and is elected to representative bodies may be driven by their personal convictions and could potentially set the momentum for policies that will be implemented in the future. Taisiya Marmontova, a lecturer at the Higher School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Astana International University, says: I do not have high expectations for the new composition of the representative bodies. I believe that this is a learning experience for those involved, and that it is important to be realistic and not have unrealistic expectations in order to avoid disappointment later on.

Political scientist Dina Aikenova said that she is a supporter of the majority system.

"Because, whether you are asking the party, or the person who promised to build a school. In that case, I support the majority system. As for the trends that we will see after the 19th, we will see the entry of the economic regional elite. Some experts refer to these people as regional lobbyists. Indeed, in the electoral districts where there are only three candidates running, the competition can be particularly intense and unpredictable. It will be very interesting to see in the sense that most likely one person from these regions will be a leader of public opinion, a public figure, or a former deputy, or a former mayor (akim). It is possible that the second and third candidates in these districts could include individuals who are representatives of large businesses. I assume that it will be so," the political scientist added.

The director of the Institute of State History Yerkin Abil believes that in any case there will be at least some public policy, public discussion of problems.

"In recent years, the formation of elites has been carried out exclusively through the civil service, including representative authorities, and in the regions, which is fundamentally wrong. We are already witnessing the revival of public policy, when people begin to publicly appeal to the people and express new meanings. In any case, the formation of a political elite through public policy will be necessary for the stability of the system. I also agree that it would be naive to expect revolutionary changes after these elections, but this Parliament will be more active and will begin to create new meanings, propose reforms that only the President is proposing today," he added.

Source: inform.kz