Name That Observer

by Nathan Hamm on 12/6/2005 · 6 comments

Try to match up the quotations/remarks/etc. regarding Kazakhstan’s presidential election with the observer/organization who said it.

  1. We worked in Astana and Almaty. We have no remarks, excluding some technical problems being solved at the electoral districts. The electorate was very active. This demonstrates a high level of civil concern.

    There were no infringements, just minor errors in the organization of electoral procedure.

    I consider triumphal victory of Nursultan Nazarbayev can not be questioned.

    I did not see any representatives of the opposition at electoral districts. They understood they have no chances for success and decided to withdraw.

  2. …[the] 2005 presidential elections in Kazakhstan were conducted honestly, transparently and without infringements.
  3. “There were not any violations, which could influence on the results of election. But there were some insignificant complaints, concerning that some voters could not find themselves in the list. They were able to vote on additional list”
  4. …the election ran in a stable social and political manner as the country’s economy develops fast. And the results will further step up Kazakhstan’s all-round reform and boost national unity.
  5. The election was genuinely competitive and voters were given a real choice between candidates. We found no reason to doubt the integrity of the election process.

Your choices are:

  • A) Caspian Information Centre
  • B) Chinese observers
  • C) Kyrgyz Central Election Commission
  • D) Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • E) CIS

[Sources: here, here, here, here, and here]

Unfortunately, BHHRG does not have a report on the election, but they did have this one on Azerbaijan.

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Samantha December 7, 2005 at 9:13 am

Gee, sounds like the elections were a great testament to democracy on the march in Central Asia. Freddy Star and a moronic Congressman from Louisianna (Melancon) seemed to concur during a live talk broadcast at SAIS on Monday. Freddy downplayed reports of fraud, though he probably had not yet seen official comments from OSCE and other reputable monitors which have generally painted the election process as thoroughly fraudulent. The Congressman had a couple great quotes. First, he said that Nazerbaev appeared genuinely “humbled” by the strong show of support for his leadership. He also said that the summary of his take on the elections was, and I swear I’m not making this up, “Kazakhstan is open for business”.

Curzon December 8, 2005 at 9:23 am

I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for days for the answer! (And I’m too lazy/busy to go through the links.) C’mon, don’t keep us in suspense.

Katy December 8, 2005 at 10:59 am


Djana December 8, 2005 at 12:24 pm

Totally offtop, but there is a rumor going around that one of the Uzbek embassy’s diplomats was sent out of US as persona non-grata. Rumor has it that this action on the part of US because Uzbekistan sent out one of the American diplomats.
Does anyone have any information in this regards?

Nathan December 8, 2005 at 1:54 pm

Djana, the story about the US diplomat is true. I’m not sure if I mentioned it ever. Probably not, but since someone else has brought it up, I suppose I needn’t worry about not mentioning it anymore. I’m unsure about the other part though.

And Curzon:


I think…

Djana December 8, 2005 at 2:08 pm


do we know who the US diplomat is? Is this a highly sensitive info? I heard that the Uzbek diplomat is advisor, by the name Abdullakhanov.

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