ASTANA, 19th March, 2016 (WAM) — Kazakh voters will head to the voting centres to elect 107 parliamentary members in early parliamentary elections to promote social and economic reforms as well as to complete the democratic process pursued by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev dissolved the lower house of the Kazakh parliament (the Majilis) upon the body’s unanimous request for early elections. The elections are now scheduled for March 20, rather than late 2016 when the lower house’s five-year term expires.

Kazakh President called upon the Kazakh people to participate in the elections to continue the process of reforms and demonstrate the unity of the country by voting massively.

Seven parties will compete in the parliamentary elections. The participating parties in the elections are as follows: the Nur Otan Party with 127 nominees, Ak Zhol with 35 nominees, Auyl (Village) People’s Patriotic Party with 19 nominees, the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan with 22 nominees, the Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, known by the acronym OSDP, with 23 nominees and Serik Sultangali’s Birlik (Unity) with 8 nominees.

The Central Election Committee (CEC) has registered the participant 234 nominees in the elections. The nominees include187 men, representing 79.9 per cent and 47 women representing 20.1 per cent. The average age of the nominees is 52 years, whereas the youngest is 26 year old.

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