Observers, opposition raise fraud concerns in Kazakh presidential reelection

[JURIST] Western elections observers and opposition leaders have raised doubts as to the fairness of the reelection [BBC report] of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev [BBC profile], who won 91 percent of the vote Sunday. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website; observations] blamed poor ballot counting, intimidation, multiple voting and ballot stuffing for the result, in which 77 percent of registered voters participated. Opposition candidate Zharmakhan Tuyakbai [campaign website, English version; Aljazeera profile], who received just over 6 percent of the vote, promised to challenge the result [press release], saying "we will take all legal measures to protest the official results of the voting and will press for this election to be declared invalid." AP has more.

 

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