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70% of voters cast votes in Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election

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Astana, 20 November 2022 (GNP): Voting in Kazakhstan’s presidential election has ended as most polls closed at 00:00 local time. The Central Election Commission (CEC) reported a voter turnout of 69.43%, with more than 8 million individuals casting votes. 10,101 polling locations were utilized nationwide, including 68 locations at Kazakhstan’s 53 diplomatic outposts.
Six people were running for office, including Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the next president. After casting his ballot, Tokayev told the media that the day was historic and important.

We are electing a future for our nation that is bright. There is a lot of work to be done, he continued, noting that the nation is confronting tremendously ambitious goals and duties. It is being done to reform politics. In the summer, a countrywide vote was conducted. Today is a day of early presidential voting. There will be further work done on this.

On November 21, it’s anticipated that preliminary election results will be released.

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were among the 641 international organizations and foreign states that the Central Election Commission recognized as observers. Also authorized to cover the election were 254 more international journalists.

Following recent constitutional amendments, the elected head of state will hold office for seven years without being eligible for reelection (instead of the previous two five-year terms).

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