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Head of ODIHR election observation mission welcomes work with Kazakhstan

Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov held a meeting with head of the ODIHR election observation mission in Kazakhstan Urszula Józefa Gacek, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan informed.
Nur-Sultan15 May , 12:51

The Foreign Minister underscored the continuity, predictability and stability of Kazakhstan’s politics, the leadership’s solid commitment to the democratic values, fair, open and honest elections.

Pointing that the seven candidates run for office, including a woman, Mr Beibut Atamkulov noted quite a competitive nature of the unfolding election campaign.

Speaking of his productive meeting with Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on 7 May, the minister confirmed the willingness of the Kazakh side to continue providing the necessary support to the ODIHR election observation mission in Kazakhstan.

During the talks held in a convivial and constructive atmosphere, Urszula Gacek welcomed the mission’s cooperation with the governmental bodies of Kazakhstan, especially the Central Election Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on organization of the mission’s work at this stage.

She is sure that the mission, consisting of headquarters, 22 long-term and expected 300 short-term observants, could evaluate the electoral process in a full, fair and efficient manner, in conformity with the common criteria the ODIHR applies in all OSCE members.

Urszula Gacek told she intends to hold meetings with all the candidates for office and their headquarters’ leaderships in the spirit of full openness.

The veteran diplomat and politician, who engaged in Poland’s election campaigns for the National Parliament and the European Parliament and led the ODIHR election observation missions in a number of countries, marked that lessons learned would help her in evaluating the election in an impartial and objective manner.

Since her first arrival to Kazakhstan last week, Urszula Gacek shared her impressions of Nur-Sultan and the plans to visit regions during the period of stay for a more revealing picture of the country.    

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively collaborates with international organizations and foreign central election commissions to send observers for the Kazakh presidential election, to take place on 9 June this year. In addition to the OSCE, Kazakhstan expects observers of the CIS, OIC, SCO, CCTS, TURKPA.

The ODIHR helps OSCE members strengthen the human rights protection systems, develop democracy and establish the rule of law in the OSCE area. It is competent in the international observation of elections, assistance in implementing the commitments on human dimension by providing expert data and practical support, promotion of a universal agenda in the fields of tolerance and non-discrimination.