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1 April 2011
President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives OSCE PA Secretary General Robert Spencer Oliver and Head of the OSCE PA Delegation - Special Coordinator of the OSCE Short-Term Observers Mission Tonino Picula

The issues on the forthcoming presidential elections in Kazakhstan were discussed at the meeting.

“I would like to congratulate you on the very meaningful and substantive mandate you conducted during Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE. I discussed on this item in Vienna during our last winter session. It was a great event for the Organization because as one country so many years, since mid of 1970-s which once be a part of the Soviet Union, for the first time takes a lead in the OSCE which is one of the largest multilateral organizations in the world. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the second largest multilateral organization in the world after the UN and the largest security organization in the world. Mister President, I know how much efforts you put to construct the so called security community in Central Asia. I do hope that we shall rephrase one popular saying that we are using in the Organization as “to the east from Vienna, to the west from Vienna”. Nowaday it is high time to say “before the Astana Summit, after the Astana Summit”. Kazakhstan and you in person took a lead in this,“ Tonino Picula highlighted at the meeting.

“I participated in monitoring of a lot of elections. One of the first elections was elections of Kazakhstan back to 1994. Since that time Kazakhstan has been constantly moving forward," OSCE PA Secretary General Robert Spencer Oliver highlighted at the meeting.

“We value very highly the role that the Parliamentary Assembly has placed to support Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE and host the OSCE Summit in Astana. We had conducted much work during our chairmanship last year. Much work had been done to host the summit and adopt the Astana decaration. I think we could bring a new life into Organization, the summit of which had not been held for the last 11 years.

"We believe that upcoming early presidential elections will be in compliance with the international standards," Head of the OSCE PA delegation - Special Coordinator of the OSCE Short-Term Observers Tonino Picula told at a press briefing.

As reported earlier, on the 3d of March this year during the visit to the central headquarters of the Nur Otan Party the President declared his intention not to campaign personally but to focus on urgent issues concerning the implementation of the state policy.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted that it is necessary to strictly observe the current legislation. The head of state drew attention of all the governors to the need to observe the election legislation. All the governmental authorities should do their work and never intervene into the election campaign. The President charged the Office of the Prosecutor General to provide the supervision of observation of the legislation, promptly respond to complaints and other appeals on the violations of the election legislation, immediately suppress breaches, showing proper fidelity to the principles if the cases of breach of law are identified. The head of state emphasized the need to ensure monitoring and public control over the election process.

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