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CIS observers got details of election campaign in Zhanaozen

29 december 2011, 14:00
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CEC. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
CEC. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Chairman of Kazakhstan Central Election Commission (CEC) told the CIS observers about the election campaigning in Zhanaozen, Tengrinews.kz reports.

“The state of emergency somewhat limits the election campaigns of the Maslikhat (local authorities) candidates and political parties. The Decree bans meetings, demonstrations, rallies and other mass events. We compensate it by allocating additional funds for campaigning via broadcasting media, printed media, leaflets, etc. Election commissions in Zhanaozen are working normally. A representative of the Central Election Commission has checked all 28 polling stations in Zhanaozen, all of them are fully equipped. All the stations will be ready by the elections day, January 15,” Kuandyk Turgankulov said at the meeting on December 27.

“The fact that you have just mentioned that the work of the election commissions has not stopped, but has changed a little bit, is also a positive thing, we think. Our observers will be monitoring the elections in Mangistau oblast as well and I think that we will take a look at how the voting goes in Zhanaozen. We will make a statement the day after the elections as usual,” head of the CIS observers mission Yevgeniy Sloboda said.

The CEC chairman said that there had not been any conflicts during the election campaigns. 55 applications were received, 17 of them were complains regarding the campaigning process. “None of the parties complained about any infringements during the election campaigns or failures to provide equal access to the media. There is nothing like that,” Turgankulov said.

The CIS observers mission is still forming up. The plan is to accredit 200 more observers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine. “The objective of our mission is to promote and assist in holding free and democratic elections. Elections are the internal affairs of the state, we have no right to make any political assessments. We are based on the fact that we have to comply with the laws of the country we come to and follow the documents of the Commonwealth, as well as our own observations and official information,” Yevgeniy Sloboda said noting that the mission of observers from the CIS was planning to meet with political parties, visit election commissions of all levels and the OSCE mission.

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