Nazarbayev won presidential elections with 97.7% votes – preliminary CEC data

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The CEC announces preliminary results of the presidential election in Kazakhstan

The incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev won the presidential election with 97.7% votes, according to preliminary data; he is followed by the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist People's Party Turgun Syzdykov, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Abelgazi Kusainov is the third, the Central Electoral Commission reports.

"According to the information we have, people voted in the following way: Kusainov got 0.7% of the votes, Nazarbayev - 97.7%, Syzdykov - 1.6%," said the CEC representative at the briefing on Monday.

"When the CEC gets the voting results report from 14 regions, Astana and Almaty, the results will be updated, the legislation provides two days for this. According to the law "On elections", the CEC will announce the final results no later than in 7 days, i.e. no later than May 3, 2015," he noted.

The early presidential election was held in Kazakhstan on April 26. Three candidates competed for the Presidency: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Secretary of the CC of the Communist People's Party Turgun Syzdykov and Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Abelgazi Kusainov.

The decision on early elections was made after public organizations and citizens had requested to hold presidential election in 2015, so as they don`t coincide with the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2016, and given the difficult economic situation in the world.

The previous presidential election held on April 3, 2011 were early as well. Nazarbayev got 95.55% of the vote.

Text by IA Novosti-Kazakhstan

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