Central Election Commission Announces Nazarbayev’s Win with 97.7 Percent

ASTANA – Kuandyk Turgankulov, chairman of the Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan, announced at a news conference at 10 a.m. here, televised live on Khabar TV, that the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election with a landslide majority of 97.7 percent.

SFIL7670A record figure of 95.22 percent of the registered voters exercised their right to choose their country’s leader, Turgankulov added as he announced the preliminary results of the voting that took place in this Central Asian nation on Sunday April 26.

According to the official, Turgun Syzdykov of the Communist People’s Party who railed against the “decadent Western values” received 1.6 percent of the votes cast. The self-nominated Abelgazy Kussainov who stood on the platform of protecting the environment received 0.7 percent, Turgankulov added.

He further explained that the final results are expected to be announced in two days.

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