Kazakh leader’s party sweeps parliamentary polls

The party of President Nursultan Nazarbayev has won all seats in Kazakhstan’s new Parliament, according to preliminary results announced on Sunday by the Central Elections Commission.

The Nur Otan party received 88% of the vote and no other party cleared the 7% barrier needed to win a seat in the legislature, according to the results.

The results were quickly condemned by the country’s two largest opposition groupings, which said the figures were manipulated.

”We don’t recognise the outcome of the election. They absolutely do not reflect the actual alignment of political forces and the social support they draw,” Burikhan Nurmukhamedov, a leader of the Ak Zhol party, was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax.

The elections commission said Ak Zhol had received about 3,25% of the vote, but Nurmukhamedov said the party’s own surveys indicated it had won about 12%.

”We have definitely won those votes,” he said, adding that the party was preparing reports on voting irregularities to be presented to the elections commission and the prosecutor general, Interfax said.

”The elections have been utterly profaned,” said Ualikhan Kaisarov of the National Social Democratic Party, which had received 4,62% in the official tally, according to Interfax. — Sapa-AP

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