Kazakhstan referendum on constitutional amendments underway — RT EN

Kazakhstan votes on changes to its constitution. They would limit the powers of the head of state, strengthen other branches of government, and increase the role of citizens in the governance process.

A referendum on fundamental changes to the country’s constitution has been going on in Kazakhstan since 7 a.m. on June 5. The constitutional amendments now to be voted on are intended to enable the final transition from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic with a strong parliament and a government subject to scrutiny. The aim is to reduce the excessive concentration of presidential powers that has so far characterized the Kazakh state system.

The amendments to the law also aim to systematically strengthen human rights, reinstate the constitutional court and finally abolish the death penalty.

According to RIA Novosti, voter turnout in Kazakhstan’s constitutional referendum as of 10 a.m. was 28.59 percent, according to the country’s Central Elections Authority. According to the authority, around 12 million people are entitled to take part in the referendum. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has already cast his ballot at a polling station in the capital Nur-Sultan, RIA Novosti reported.

The ongoing constitutional referendum will ensure that the January riots are not repeated, the President told the press after casting his vote.

As the TASS news agency reports, Tokayev said, among other things:

“We are confident that the January tragedy will not be repeated in our country. By the way, today’s referendum is a guarantee of that. So we have drawn the appropriate conclusions.”

According to the authorities, mass unrest in Kazakhstan in January 2022 killed 230 people and injured more than 4,500.

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