Kazakhstan Votes

by Nathan Hamm on 9/19/2004

The BBC reports that preliminary counts show a victory for President Nazarbayev’s party.

The Kazakh electoral commission said a sample of votes cast gave the president’s Otan party 43% support.

Turnout is reported to be around 50%.Election observers earlier condemned the media’s “severe bias” in favour of the president and his allies.

A party led by the president’s daughter appeared to be in second place.

The largest opposition party, Ak Zhol, attracted around 17% of the vote, according to a sample taken by the election commission.

RFE/RL has a Kazakh elections page where more info can be found.

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