Kazakhstan’s solely registered opposition get together declined to area candidates in Sunday’s ballot.

Kazakhstan’s ruling get together has cemented its grip on parliament within the opposition-free election, officers mentioned on Monday.

The Central Election Fee mentioned that the ruling Nur Otan get together received 71 p.c of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election and two different events loyal to the federal government additionally received seats.

The Nur Otan get together is headed by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped down in 2019 after practically three a long time in energy however retains broad clout. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who succeeded him because the nation’s president, hailed Sunday’s vote as “one other step within the nation’s democratic growth.”

The nation’s solely registered opposition get together declined to area candidates.

The Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe mentioned in a press release that “an uncompetitive marketing campaign and systemic de-facto limitations on constitutionally assured elementary freedoms left voters with out real alternative”.

The OSCE’s observers famous of their assertion that the nation’s political panorama is closely dominated by the ruling get together, and the excellence between get together and authorities is usually blurred.

“As all political events contesting the elections supported the insurance policies of the ruling get together, the marketing campaign was not aggressive, and voters had no real political alternate options to select from,” the OSCE mentioned.

A number of dozen protesters have been briefly arrested in Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis of Almaty and within the capital, Nur-Sultan.

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