Nur Sultan (Astana City) [Kazakhstan], Jun 9 (ANI): Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister Roman Vassilenko on Saturday said while the country has undergone major infrastructural development, elections are vital to facilitate social and political stability.
Vassilenko made these remarks while briefing foreign media a day ahead of presidential polling in the country.
"Kazakhstan must confirm the continuity, predictability and stability of its domestic and foreign policies," he said, adding that the upcoming presidential election is different as it would be the first time that a new President would be elected.
Later, Vassilenko, in an interview with ANI, said, "Since polling will be held tomorrow, I cannot make any prediction. We will know the results in the early morning of June 10. It will be the people of the country who will decide so I cannot speculate at this stage who would be the winner in this election."
"Because of the constitutional changes in 2017, the government in Kazakhstan has to resign before the newly elected Parliament, not the newly-elected President. That was done to strengthen the role of the Parliament and of the government when the powers were redistributed from the Presidency," he added.
"I have seen the partition of the Soviet Union and also seen bloodshed during that time. But after Nursultan Nazarbayev took over, he ensured stability by implementing welfare policies for the people. His sudden resignation was shocking for everyone. But we respect his decision," he noted.
Kaliyev underlined that the country is looking for a peaceful transition of power without any social disruption. "There are certain challenges before the newly-elected government like reduction in export dependency, maintainability in oil prices and various welfare schemes they need to initiate and so on," he added.
Meanwhile, incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who took over in March, hoped that the polls would be held in a free and impartial manner.
Kazakhstan Central Election Commission has accredited 1,013 international observers from nine international organisations and 147 observers from 41 foreign countries to observe the polls.
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