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Kazakhstan CEC accredited another 38 observers

Kazakhstan Central Election Commission accredited 38 more observers.

Kazakhstan CEC accredited another 38 observers
Foreign observers will have access to Zhanaozen for elections
Foreign observers will have access to Zhanaozen for elections

Observers from foreign countries and international organizations will be allowed to enter Zhanaozen and monitor elections without restrictions.

Foreign observers will have access to Zhanaozen for elections
Illustration by tengrinews.kz
Combining Kazakhstan elections in 2012 helps save $30 million

Combining the Majilis (Parliament) and Maslikhat (regional administrations) elections will help save over 4 billion tenge ($27.2 million).

Combining Kazakhstan elections in 2012 helps save $30 million
Polling station. Photo by Maksim Popov©
Kazakhstan will set 56 polling stations abroad

The total number of polling stations abroad will make 56: Foreign Ministry.

Kazakhstan will set 56 polling stations abroad
Kuandyk Turgankulov. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Turgankulov does not rule out necessity of lowering election threshold

Three or five percent would not be a subject of bargaining. We just need to study the world practice: CEC Chairman.

Turgankulov does not rule out necessity of lowering election threshold
Nurlan Nigmatulin. Tengrinews.kz stock photo
Nurlan Nigmatulin likely to become Majilis speaker

The new Majilis is likely to be headed by Nurlan Nigmatulin.

Nurlan Nigmatulin likely to become Majilis speaker
14th meeting of Nur Otan party. ©Danial Okassov
Many former Majilis members are not on the candidates list

Many of the former members of the Majilis who signed the request to dissolve the Chamber did not get into Nur Otan's candidates list.

Many former Majilis members are not on the candidates list
Gani Kassymov. ©Yaroslav Radlovskiy
Barrier for parties to gain parliament seat could be lowered in Kazakhstan

Senator Gani Kassymov asked to lower the barrier for parties to obtain parliament seats from 7 to 3 percent.

Barrier for parties to gain parliament seat could be lowered in Kazakhstan
head research worker of Kazakhstan President's Institute of Strategic Research Irina Chernykh. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Majority of Kazakhstan citizens will vote for Nur Otan: poll

Over 64 percent of Kazakhstan citizens are going to vote for Nur Otan party at the coming parliamentary elections: poll.

Majority of Kazakhstan citizens will vote for Nur Otan: poll
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS
Kazakhstan Parliament should have at least two parties: Nazarbayev

Parliamentary elections to be held in Kazakhstan in January have to help stop domination of one party in the country's political system: Nazarbayev.

Kazakhstan Parliament should have at least two parties: Nazarbayev
Sailau system. Photo courtesy of vesti.kz
Sailau e-system will not be used at Kazakhstan parliamentary elections in 2012

Sailau electronic voting system will not be used for parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan in 2012.

Sailau e-system will not be used at Kazakhstan parliamentary elections in 2012
Kazakhstan Majilis. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Majilismen to leave Parliament within two days

President signed a Decree on dissolving the Parliament: MP.

Majilismen to leave Parliament within two days
Kyrgyz market. ©Tengrinews.kz
Kazakhstan banned meat import from Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek has received an official document banning meat import from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan banned meat import from Kyrgyzstan
Ban on prayers could encourage extremism in Kazakhstan: Tleukhan
Ban on prayers could encourage extremism in Kazakhstan: Tleukhan

Tleukhan assumes that the provision of the new law prohibiting prayers in public offices is out of sync with a number of international documents.

Ban on prayers could encourage extremism in Kazakhstan: Tleukhan
Supreme Mufti Absattar Hkadzhi Derbessali. © Yaroslav Radlovsky
Supreme Mufti comments on religion law

September 29 Kazakhstan’s Parliament adopted a new law on religion that among other things introduces ban on prayer rooms in public bodies, education and healthcare facilities, military units.

Supreme Mufti comments on religion law
Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Ambassador Janez Lenarčič. vesti.kz stock photo.
ODIHR/OSCE called Kazakhstan to review Religious Law

Director of the ODIHR/OSCE Janez Lenarčič expressed his concerns about Kazkahstan law On religious activities and religious institutions.

ODIHR/OSCE called Kazakhstan to review Religious Law
©RIA Novosti/A.Solomonov
Kazakhstan senators against same-sex unions

Kazakhstan Commission on Social-Cultural Development discussed and submitted draft Marriage and Family Code for the second reading on October 6.

Kazakhstan senators against same-sex unions
©Ria Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov
Kazakhstan Parliament adopted Religious Law

The document has been submitted to the President for signature.

Kazakhstan Parliament adopted Religious Law
Chairman of Kazakhstan State Agency for Religion Kairat Lama Sharif. Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Kairat Lama Sharif explained the "secular state" term

Kairat Lama Sharif gave a special explanation of the “secular state” term during discussion of the draft law On religious activities and religious institutions in the Senate.

Kairat Lama Sharif explained the "secular state" term
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Kazakhstan’s Senator suggests toughening migration policy with regards to China’s citizens

According to him, China is targeting Kazakhstan as part of its demographic expansion campaign.

Kazakhstan’s Senator suggests toughening migration policy with regards to China’s citizens