Local elections are held in Kazakhstan.
In a country with a population of 19 million, 12 million 32 thousand 550 registered voters vote to elect people’s deputies who will represent them in the Mejlis, the lower house of the Parliament, and in local assemblies for 5 years.
In the 98-seat Mejlis of Kazakhstan, 69 people’s deputies will represent political parties, and 29 people’s deputies will represent regions that will elect a single people’s deputy.
7 political parties registered in the country will take part in the election.
The ruling Amanat (former Nur Otan), the People’s Party of Kazakhstan, the Democratic Party of Ak Zhol, the Social Democratic Party, the Aul Party, the Baitak Party and the Republican Party will take part in the election.
The country’s first green party, the Baitak Party, and the Republican Party, formed by young businessmen, are participating in the election for the first time.
525 independent candidates will also contest for 29 seats in the assembly.
The electoral threshold was reduced from 7 percent to 5 percent this time.
In local elections, a total of 14,207 candidates are competing to become People’s Deputies in Maslahat.
Kazakhs living abroad vote in 77 polling stations in 62 countries
The official results of the elections will be announced in 10 days.