[Global Times-Global Network Report Special correspondent Zhou Hanbo]On the morning of the 10th local time,The voting for the elections for the lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament and local assemblies has officially begun.
According to information issued by the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan,312 candidates from the country's “Light of the Fatherland" Party, “Bright Road” Democratic Party, “Awul” People's Democratic Party, “Adar” Party and Kazakhstan People's Party,Will participate in the competition for 98 of the 107 seats in the lower house of parliament.According to the law,Political parties with more than 7% of the votes can enter the parliament,And allocate seats according to the actual votes.The other 9 seats were elected by the Kazakhstan People's Assembly.at the same time,The 832 candidates nominated by the above five parties will compete for seats in the municipal and state-level parliament.The preliminary results of the voting will be announced on the 11th.
Comprehensive reports from Kazakhstan media,This election has more than 10,000 polling stations in China and abroad.More than 12 million eligible voters are expected to vote.To ensure that the election is open and transparent,The Kazakh Central Election Committee invited 398 international observers from 10 international organizations and 31 countries to monitor the election.
Kazakh Deputy Minister of Health and Chief National Health Physician Giasov said on the 10th,Given that the new crown pneumonia epidemic still exists,The voting process will strictly implement the epidemic prevention regulations."such as,Voters must have their body temperature measured before entering the polling station; they should keep 1.Social distance of 5-2 meters; disinfection equipment and personal protective equipment collection devices are installed at the entrances and exits of polling stations; all personnel must wear medical masks, etc.”
The term of office of the Lower House of the Kazakhstan Parliament is 5 years.In the 2016 elections,The "Light of the Fatherland" Party, the "Bright Road" Democratic Party and the Communist People's Party (Note: renamed the Kazakhstan People's Party in November 2020) have passed the 7% threshold to enter the parliament.The "Light of the Motherland" party is 82.2% of the votes won 84 seats.