9 Jun 2019 19:11

Kazakh Prosecutor General's Office reports 19 violations during Sunday's presidential election

NUR-SULTAN. June 9 (Interfax) - Nineteen violations were recorded on the day of Kazakh presidential election, prompting prosecutors to open 18 administrative cases, Deputy Prosecutor General Bulat Dembayev said.

"The polling day has been passing in a calm atmosphere, as has the entire electoral campaign. Meanwhile, 19 instances where the election laws were violated have been recorded in Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Almaty Region, Atyrau Region, Kyzylorda Region, Mangystau Region and Turkistan Region. Those include illegal campaigning, delivery of several ballots to one citizen, cases where two or three ballots were put in the ballot box at the same time [ballot-box stuffing] and voting by one and the same voter at two polling stations," Dembayev said at a briefing at the Central Elections Commission in Nur-Sultan on Sunday.

"Following those instances, prosecutors have opened 18 administrative cases, including 12 cases on the counts of delivery of several ballots at the same time under Article 110 of the Administrative Offences Code, and six cases on the counts of voting two or more times or for another voter. All the materials have been sent to courts. Those local election commission members responsible for the violations have been suspended," he said.

Dembayev went on to single out an offence recorded in Kyzylorda, where a man was given five ballots at Polling Station 251.

"The prosecutor opened a case against him under Article 110 of the Administrative Offences Code. He was fined 25 MCI [monthly calculation index]," Dembayev concluded.