Astana, 21 November 2022 (TDI): Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s presidential election with 81,31% of the vote. The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced this today after the votes were counted.

Other candidates received the following votes: Zhiguli Dairabayev – 3.42%, Karakat Abden – 2.60%, Meiram Kazhyken – 2.53%, Nurlan Auesbayev – 2.22%, Saltanat Tursynbekova – 2.12%, against all – 5.8%.

According to the CEC, 8 300 046 citizens voted, representing a 69.44% turnout. Voting took place at 10,101 polling stations across Kazakhstan, including 68 polling stations at Kazakhstan’s 53 diplomatic missions around the world.

641 observers from international organizations and foreign states monitored the election. Foreign observers who commented on the election process emphasized the election’s high organizational level.

Observers reported no violations in the conduct of the election. The election was also covered by 254 accredited foreign journalists.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated yesterday after casting his ballot that if elected, “the government will remain in office, but point-by-point changes in the composition of the government and other agencies will of course take place.”

At the conclusion of the year, he added, he would announce the date of the parliamentary elections. According to recent constitutional amendments, President Tokayev will hold office for a seven-year term without running for reelection.

When asked yesterday by a journalist if seven years would be sufficient to keep all of the promises made to the populace, Tokayev responded, “I believe that seven years will be enough, because this is a long time in the life of any person.

The most important thing is that there will be no monopoly on power in our country.” This was the seventh presidential election in Kazakhstan since the country’s independence in 1991.