Kazakh referendum: Int’l observers and media note high voter turnout



NUR-SULTAN – International observers note a high turnout at the polling stations across Kazakhstan. Vice President of the International Turkic Academy Fuzuli Majidli said the turnout at the polling stations in Nur-Sultan is quite high. “The Central Election Commission and other state bodies comply with all regulations. The Turkic Academy observes the referendum with high interest,” Majidli told the press briefing today, saying that no violations were recorded. 

As part of the delegation of international observers, the International Turkic Academy visited nine polling stations in the capital of Kazakhstan in the first half of the referendum day and it will continue its observing mission until the closure of polling stations at 8 p.m. According to Majidli, the Turkic speaking community is closely watching the process that is now taking place in Kazakhstan. 

“There is a great interest in the Turkic countries, especially from the expert community. Why there is such an interest in what is happening in Kazakhstan today? Well, Kazakh citizens are voting on a considerable package of reforms and Turkic-speaking countries are curious about how Kazakh people will vote,” he said. 

According to Majidli, the Turkic Academy invests all its efforts in coordinating scientific and humanitarian cooperation in the Turkic world. 

“In the conditions of geopolitical instability, the unity and solidarity of the Turkic speaking countries must be strong,” Majidli added.

Similarly, that foreign journalist who visited other areas also reported a high turnout and great enthusiasm among the people. A sizable number of youth also flocked to the polling stations in order to cast their votes.

People while talking to media people told that they had come to vote for a change. They hoped the referendum shall bring more progress and development to their country and people alike.

The Election Commission made elaborate arrangements in order to ensure smooth polling. At each polling station observers nominated by various political parties were there to observe and monitor the polling process.