OSCE criticises election
The OSCE (Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe) has said that the presidential election in Kazakhstan has a number of serious shortcomings including questions over nomination rules, restrictions on holding rallies and press freedom.
The main opposition have boycotted the election and the three opponents to incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev have publicly praised him, giving the impression that they are not serious candidates.
The incumbent president is expected to win the election comfortably. He has not undertaken any national campaigning.
A report from Russian based experts says that 56% of the population relies on government activities and public confidence in the president exceeded 75%.