Snap general election today
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has called a snap general election for the 98 directly-elected members of the Mazhilis which will take place today. The election would normally have taken place in the autumn of this year but was brought forward because of a deteriorating economy due to the fall in oil prices.
There are 9,791,165 registered voters who will be able to vote between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time at 9,840 polling stations.
The Central Election Commission has confirmed that seven parties had registered for the campaign. They are:
The “Nur Otan” Democratic People’s Party which won 83 of the 98 seats in the 2012 general election.
Kazakhstani Social Democratic Party Auyl which stood in 2012 but won no seats.
Democratic Party of Kazakhstan Ak Zhol (Bright Path) which won eight seats in 2012. Previously they had won one seat in the 2004 general election.
Birlik Political Party.
Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan (CPPK) which won seven seats in 2012, the first since their formation in 2004.
Azat Democratic Party of Kazakhstan.
All-National Social-Democratic Party of Kazakhstan.