Kazakhstan: Pop-Up Exit Polls Show Ruling Party Cruising to Resounding Win
Exit polls in Kazakhstan have provided a preliminary confirmation of widely expected results in the March 20 parliamentary elections, showing the ruling Nur Otan party winning around 82 percent of the vote.
The head of the Astana-based Democracy Institute, Yulia Kuchinskaya, said her organization’s date showed another two parties just passing the 7 percent threshold for entering parliament: the business-aligned Ak Zhol (7.22 percent) and the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan (7.17 percent).
Displaying more than modicum of partiality, Kuchinskaya was effusive in Nur Otan’s praise.
“In this way, as shown by the exit poll, it is possible to say that the citizens have made the decision, again, to confirm their desire to continue the course of modernization,” she said in remarks quoted by Informburo.kz.
If those figures are confirmed, it would mean the seats in the incoming Mazhilis, the lower house of parliament, would be distributed in almost the identical proportion as the outgoing convocation.
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