Through the Looking Glass: Kazakhstan's Two Elections
Apr 12, 2011
There is something of the Twilight Zone about how different sets of international observers in Kazakhstan's recent presidential election seem to have monitored different votes.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observers reported numerous violations. Those included multiple identical signatures on voter lists, ballot-box stuffing, improper sealing of ballot boxes, group voting, multiple voting and proxy voting. And that doesn't even address the pitiful election campaign and widespread reports that government officials intimidated civil servants and university students into casting ballots.
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