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NUR-SULTAN, May 14, 2019 – Today, in Nur-Sultan, Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov met with Urszula Gacek, head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission in Kazakhstan.
The Foreign Minister noted the continuity, predictability and stability of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the firm commitment of the country's leadership to democratic values, including fair, open and impartial elections. Pointing to the running of seven candidates, among whom there is a female candidate, Mr. Atamkulov noted the highly competitive nature of the country's upcoming election.
Referring to his fruitful meeting with Ingibjörg Gísladóttir, director of the OSCE/ODIHR in Warsaw on May 7, the Foreign Minister assured the readiness of the Kazakh side in continuing to provide all necessary assistance to the OSCE/ODIHR mission in the election observation process.
During the engaging and constructive conversation, Ms. Gacek positively assessed the cooperation of the OSCE/ODIHR mission headed by her with the state bodies of Kazakhstan, primarily the Central Election Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The head of the mission expressed confidence that the mission, including headquarters, 22 long-term and an expected 300 short-term observers, would be able to evaluate the electoral process comprehensively, impartially and effectively, in accordance with the uniform criteria applied by the ODIHR in all OSCE participating States.
Ms. Gacek further reported that, acting in a spirit of complete openness, she planned to meet with all presidential candidates and the leadership of their associations. An experienced diplomat and politician, who successfully participated in election campaigns in Poland to the country's national parliament and the European Parliament, and has also led ODIHR election observation missions in a number of countries, Ms. Gacek noted that her experience allowed her to evaluate the elections comprehensively and objectively.
Having arrived in Kazakhstan for the first time last week, Ms. Gacek also shared her impressions about Nur-Sultan and plans to visit various regions during her stay in the country, in order to draw up a broader and deeper understanding of Kazakhstan.
In general, the Foreign Ministry is continuing to actively work with international organizations and the central election commissions of foreign countries regarding sending observers for the presidential elections in Kazakhstan on June 9. In addition to the OSCE, Kazakhstan expects observer missions from such international organizations as the CIS, OIC, SCO, CCTS, and TURKPA.
Note to editors: The ODIHR's objective is to assist the OSCE participating states in strengthening systems for the protection of human rights, promoting democracy and establishing the rule of law in the OSCE area. The bureau's competencies also include international election observation, assistance in fulfilling human dimension commitments by providing expert data and practical support, and promoting a universal agenda for tolerance and non-discrimination.