OSCE / ODIHR looks forward to productive cooperation with CEC of Kazakhstan

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The Head of the OSCE / ODIHR election observation mission of the early presidential elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan Cornelia Willem Jonker Anke looks forward to cooperating productively with the members of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kazakhstan in all aspects of the electoral process.

According to the press service of the CEC, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan Kuandyk Turgankulov met with the Head of the OSCE / ODIHR mission on March 24.

The CEC Chairman briefed Jonker on what the Central Election Commission did to prepare and hold the early elections, as well as on the main stages of the election campaign and its peculiarities.

"We are ready to cooperate, welcome international observers and consider that their participation promotes an open and transparent atmosphere, transparency of the upcoming elections, increases credibility of the elections," said Turgankulov.

For her part, the Head of the OSCE / ODIHR mission extended her gratitude for the invitation to observe the election campaign, as well as expressed her hope that the experts of the Mission would cooperate closely and professionally with the members of the CEC on all the aspects of the electoral process.

"We look forward to cooperating productively," she said.

"We have experience in cooperating and interacting. I hope that the CEC members will be able to discuss with the Mission experts all the issues they are interested in throughout the campaign," said Turgankulov.

During the meeting it was noted that the authorities of Kazakhstan and the election officials would make every effort to hold the electoral campaign in strict accordance with the election legislation and international electoral standards. "This is the political will of the leadership, experience and knowledge of the election officials," underlined Turgankulov.

The CEC Chairman wished the experts of the OSCE / ODIHR mission success in fair and impartial observation of the elections. "I think that the Mission experts, the CEC members and all the participants in the electoral process share their interests," he said.

Text and pictures by IA Novosti-Kazakhstan