CIS Observation Mission began to work in Kazakhstan

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The CIS Observation Mission has begun to monitor the early presidential elections in Kazakhstan scheduled for April 26, said the Head of the CIS Observation Mission Staff Yevgeny Sloboda.

"From this moment on, the CIS Observation Mission has started monitoring the elections to be held on April 26. Today, approximately 200 documents are to be filed to accredit the CIS representatives as observers. I can say that Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Belarus have confirmed their participation. We expect almost all the CIS countries to be involved," said Sloboda at the briefing on Monday.

He noted that the principles of the Mission were non-interference in the internal affairs of the state, strict compliance with the national election legislation of the host state and friendly approach to the observation.

"We act as experts whose aim is to contribute to holding free and democratic elections," said Sloboda.

It is planned that during the monitoring period of the election campaign the observers will visit a number of regions, will review the campaign of agitation, will meet with the leadership of the election campaign teams. It is also scheduled to meet with the OSCE / ODIHR representatives and with the structures that deal with complaints and appeals related to the violations of the electoral process (prosecutor's office, court and the MIA).

The Head of the Staff informed that according to preliminary data, the observation would cover all the regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

"We expect that the CIS Observation Mission will include over 300 people, maybe more. The CIS Observation Mission will be headed by the Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergey Lebedev," concluded Sloboda.

Text and pictures by IA Novosti-Kazakhstan