Kazakhstan: Country Votes in ‘Hardly Visible’ Election

Presidential elections are being held in Kazakhstan this week. Though there is a multiplicity of candidates in the running, only one is expected to receive a significant percentage of the vote: incumbent Nursaltan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev, the first and only president of Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union, published an op-ed in a prominent Kazakh newspaper suggesting that whoever the leader was following the section would be positioned to assist the country surmount notable economic and political problems. The country has been subjected to economic strain as a result of the ongoing crisis in Russia and had its political longevity called into question by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kazakh officials were perhaps questionably able to determine voter turnout to be greater than 90% less than 24 hours after polling stations were opened. Nazarbayev won 95.5% of the vote in 2011 in elections that were decried by every major transparency organization as unfair. The current elections have been awarded the assessment of “hardly visible” according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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