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The referendum in Kazakhstan, called by the president of the Central Asian nation, Kasim-Yomart Tokáyev, whose objective is to modify the political system after three decades of government by founding leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, exceeded the participation threshold.

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The consultation is the first in 27 years and this time it is to amend the Constitution and move from a “super-presidential” State to a presidential one with a Parliament with more powers, and they do so five months after the violent protests that shook the nation.

President Tokáyev pointed out when going to vote that the referendum is a guarantee that the events of January will not be repeated.

Voting in Almaty and Nur-Sultan started at 07:00 (01:00 GMT) on Sunday and ends at 20:00 (14:00 GMT). Western polling stations will close an hour later, at 9 p.m.

Turnout in the referendum in Kazakhstan after the closure of all polling stations in the country amounted to 68.44%.

According to the secretary of the Central Committee of the Republic of Mukhtar Yerman, the highest rate was recorded in the Turkestan region, the lowest – in Alma-Ata.

The referendum was declared valid, since more than half of the voters participated in it.

The announcement of the central commission on the results of the republican referendum must be published within seven days of the vote. The commission is expected to present preliminary data on June 6.

Amendments to the basic law are considered approved if more than half of the citizens voted for them on at least 12 of the 17 issues of Kazakhstan (14 regions and three cities of republican importance: Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata and Shymkent) .

The announcement of the central commission on the results of the republican referendum must be published within seven days of the vote. The commission is expected to present preliminary data on June 6.

Amendments to the basic law are considered approved if more than half of the citizens voted for them on at least 12 of the 17 issues of Kazakhstan (14 regions and three cities of republican importance: Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata and Shymkent) .

The referendum requires at least a 50 percent turnout plus one vote to be binding, and will only pass if supported by more than half of voters in at least 12 of the country’s 17 regions.

Kazakhs should answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question “Do you accept the amendments and additions to the Constitution of Kazakhstan, stipulated in the draft law of Kazakhstan ‘On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of Kazakhstan’, published on the Kazakh media on May 6, 2022?

After casting his vote, President Tokayev held a briefing for representatives of the national media. In his statement, the Head of State congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the referendum.

“Today is an important historical day for our country, in fact. People are making a fateful decision. There is no compulsion. The referendum has been organized at a high level,” the Kazakh leader said.

The president then answered a series of questions from journalists about the main goals and tasks of the constitutional reform.

The reform, promoted by Tokayev on March 16, aims to introduce a new model of governance in the country and start a new era also known as “New Kazakhstan” or the second republic.

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