And the Verdict is…

by Nathan Hamm on 9/20/2004


The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which observed Sunday’s vote for the lower house of parliament, said it “fell short of OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections”.

Information Minister Altynbek Sarsenbaiuly, the only member of the government formed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev linked to an opposition party, resigned in protest at what he said was a rigged poll.

It should be highlighted that the OSCE did note some improvements though. No journalists were jailed and no media outlets were shut down.

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