Tokayev guarantees transparency of Kazakh presidential election
NUR-SULTAN. April 9 (Interfax) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has pledged that the early presidential election in Kazakhstan will be honest, transparent, and fair.
"As the incumbent chief of state, I guarantee that the election will be honest, transparent, and fair. This is my principled stance," Tokayev said in his address shown by the republic's television on Tuesday.
Tokayev said that the early presidential election would be held on June 9.
"In accordance with the Constitution, I have decided to hold an early presidential election in Kazakhstan on June 9," he said.
On March 19, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev tendered his resignation as of March 20. Consistent with Kazakhstan's Constitution, the presidential powers were transferred to Senate Speaker Tokayev, who was due to be the sitting president till the date Nazarbayev's tenure expired in April 2020.
The previous presidential election took place in Kazakhstan in April 2015. The republic elects its president for a five-year term of office.
The Constitution prescribes that the scheduled presidential election be held in Kazakhstan on the first Sunday of December, and the early election date be set by the president and take place within two months as envisaged by the constitutional law.