Pre-election day of silence started in Kazakhstan
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Today at midnight candidates for the President of Kazakhstan finished their agitation campaigns.
The so-called "day of silence" came and the candidates are prohibited to conduct any election campaign. The legislations of the majority of countries provide for such pauses to allow voters to make their choice without pressure.
Tomorrow morning the early presidential elections will start. The voting will be held from 7.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m.
A ban on any kind of election campaigning or propaganda has been prescribed by the constitutional provision "On elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan" and the decision of the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan "On approved schedule of major events on preparation and holding of early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan called on April 26 2015".
Recall that on February 14, the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan brought forth an initiative to hold the presidential election in Kazakhstan ahead of time. According to schedule the election is to be held in 2016, but the Assembly proposed to hold the early election this year citing the difficult economic situation in the country and the pressure exerted by the global financial crisis.
According to the members of the Assembly, holding early election in Kazakhstan would enable it to more effectively implement its new anti-crisis infrastructure development program Nurly Zhol and withstand the increasing global economic challenges.
The Central Election Commission shall determine results of election of the President as well as issue the corresponding decision not later than on 3 May.