ASTANA – Candidates running for the presidential election in Kazakhstan will receive more than 10 million tenge (US$21,800) from the national budget to conduct their campaigns, reported the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) press service on Sept. 28.
Most of the funds should be spent on television and radio appearances and printed publications. Each candidate will receive equal campaign funding. However, they will have the option of raising additional funds through party or citizen donations.
As a prerequisite to becoming an official candidate, contenders must also pass a Kazakh language competence test, which includes reading, writing, and speaking. The incumbent president wishing to run again, however, does not need to prove his language proficiency again.
According to the CEC, nearly 12 million voters can participate in the elections on Nov. 20 in Kazakhstan.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced extraordinary elections during his state-of-the-nation address on Sept .1.