New Delhi, 23 May 2019

Kazakhstan is going to hold its presidential election on 9th June which tends to grab special attention as the nation is going through a transitional period since the former president Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned in March (read the news to know more). The poll result will be announced on 16th June.

Kazakh’s interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

This will be for the first time in the history of Kazakhstan that a new President will be elected from the time the state gained its independence, almost thirty years back. The upcoming election is considered to be the most competitive and diverse with seven candidates contesting the elections who are approved by the Central Election Commission. In the central Asian country which has male dominance in politics, the candidate list includes the first female candidate to run for President – Daniya Yespayeva from the Ak Zhol party.

Kazakhstan has taken concrete steps to improve gender equality and to promote women’s role in business and politics, which could be seen now. In addition to Ms Yespayeva, the Senate Chairwoman, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Science are also female which makes it approximately a quarter of the members of Parliament in Kazakhstan.

File Photo- Ambassador Bulat Sarsenbayev

Considering the importance of this presidential election, Kazakh Ambassador to India Bulat Sarsenbayev told Diplomacy Today, “I believe Kazakhstan is once again demonstrating that it is going beyond the general expectations and foregone conclusions. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (interim president) promised that the election will be transparent and to the highest expected standards. This could be verified, as the presidential candidate Amirzhan Kossanov who has been in the opposition for around two decades along with the other candidates are now openly campaigning in the hope of securing people’s votes.”

He further added, ” The competitiveness and fairness of the process are highly important. According to some organisations and analysts, our region as a whole is still developing the necessary democratic institutions and mechanisms to ensure completely fair and open elections.”

This time Kazakhstan is expecting more than 1,000 international observers from ten international organisations, as well as foreign countries, are expected to be in Kazakhstan for the election. The Kazakh government has officially invited the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of the Independent States and numerous other organisations to ensure the fairness of the elections process.

The nations have 27 years of robust bilateral relations

The upcoming election is highly critical for Kazakhstan and its neighbours and partners all over the world which is because Kazakhstan has been actively participating in global affairs, including, most recently, the resolution of the Syrian conflict. From an economic perspective, the Kazakh government has also been vigorously improving Kazakhstan’s investment climate, making us the number one investment destination in the region.

Kazakhstan is the leading trade partner of India in the region which amounts to a net turnover of 1.2 billion USD in 2018 and an increase of 50.4% in this year. This is especially relevant to the relations between India and Kazakhstan which is raised to the strategic level in 2009 adopting Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership-developing in the spirit of friendship, partnership and are based on the cultural and historical affinity between the peoples of the two countries.

The two countries have zero political issues where both the nations support each other at the global level. In the present scenario, the duo intends to strengthen their comprehensive cooperation and partnership, with an emphasis on economic diplomacy, trade and investment interaction.

Mohit Srivastava 

Global Desk, Diplomacytoday.in 

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