Kazakhstan: Voting ends in the presidential elections, with about 70% participating

20 November, 2022
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Kazakhstan: Voting ends in the presidential elections, with about 70% participating

Voting centers for the Kazakh presidential elections closed their doors today, Sunday, throughout the country.


The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan had previously announced that, according to what was the case at 17:00 Moscow time, the turnout in the country was 69.31%.

Today, voters in Kazakhstan cast their votes in an early presidential ballot that would allow outgoing President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to consolidate his power after a year of bloody riots.


Polling stations in the largest country in Central Asia opened at 1:00 GMT and will close at 15:00 GMT. Preliminary polling results are expected to start publishing around 18:00 GMT.


Kazakhstan witnessed riots that plunged the country into chaos in January, killing 238 people.


The country is still under the shock of this crisis. In an indication of the continuing tension, the authorities announced, last Thursday, that they had arrested 7 supporters of an exiled opposition figure on charges of inciting a "coup".


Tokayev, who voted early in the capital, Astana, is expected to be re-elected to the presidency for the next seven years. And he is competing in the ballot by 5 candidates who are not known to the 12 million voters.


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