OSCE Mission: Kazakhstan still needs to make improvements to meet democratic commitments

OSCE Mission: Kazakhstan still needs to make improvements to meet democratic commitments
# 04 April 2011 12:45 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. “Yesterday’s presidential vote in Kazakhstan revealed similar shortcomings as those noted in previous elections in the country”, OSCE observers said in their statement issued today. They noted that reforms necessary for holding genuine democratic elections have yet to materialize. While the election was technically well administered, the absence of opposition candidates and of a vibrant political discourse resulted in a non-competitive environment. A limited field of candidates did not seek to challenge the incumbent, said the observers. “Election day was generally calm, but observers noted serious irregularities, including numerous instances of seemingly identical signatures on voter lists and several cases of ballot box stuffing”, they noted.

“While Kazakhstan has achieved a lot since independence, this election has showed that the country still needs to make improvements to meet democratic commitments, particularly in the fields of freedom of assembly and media,” said Special Co-ordinator Tonino Picula who leads the short-term OSCE observer mission and heads the delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
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