REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN - EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 20 November 2022 - ODIHR Election Observation Mission
14 July 2023
In addition to the prime minister, speakers of both houses and one-fifth of the total number of members of the parliament, the incumbent president, but no other candidates, has the right to challenge the results of the presidential election before the Constitutional Council. [...] The five members of the Senate are appointed by the recommendation of the president from among the members of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.15 IV. [...] Given the predominance of the ruling party in the parliament and the fact that the incumbent President stood as a joint candidate of all three parliamentary parties, signalling a lack of genuine political differentiation between the parties represented in the Majilis, the composition of the election administration is not politically diverse and balanced. [...] A number of ODIHR EOM interlocutors raised concerns with respect to the mechanism of appointment and composition of the election administration and the ability of commissioners to exercise their duties independently and impartially, particularly on election day.29 The mechanism for the appointment of election commissioners at all levels should be revised to ensure the independence and impartiality. [...] The main resolutions detailed, among others, the establishment of the lower-level commissions, the process of candidate registration, the rules for the media, the measures to enhance participation of people with disabilities, the design of the ballot paper, and the accreditation of international observers.