Categories: General
      Date: Nov 14, 2007
     Title: Kazakhstan to continue its cooperation with the OSCE on further election reform
Mr. Christian Strohal, Director of OSCE’s election watchdog – the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) – visited Kazakhstan on Nov 5-6 to discuss the country’s democracy record and further election reform.

During his visit Mr. Strohal met many influential decision makers, including Head of Presidential Administration Adilbek Jaksybekov, Supreme Court Chairman Kayrat Mami, Chairman of Human Rights Commission Sagynbek Tursunov and Central Election Commission Chairman Kuandyk Turgankulov.

Also in Astana the ODIHR Director presented OSCE’s final report on August 18 parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan. Earlier, the OSCE Election Observation Mission concluded that the vote reflected welcome progress, though some of the Organization’s criteria were not met.

“It is important now that we continue to work on the basis of our recommendations and build on the progress and eliminate the problems”, Mr. Strohal said after meetings in Astana.

Kazakhstan eagerly agreed to continue its work on OSCE’s observations and proposed holding a meeting of experts in November as well as a series of roundtables in 2008 in order to discuss issues raised in the report and continue election reform in Kazakhstan in close cooperation with the OSCE.