In Kazakhstan, the opposition have called for a boycott of the snap presidential election called for April and certain to be won by the incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Scores of people, many elderly, gathered to protest. They say the vote offers no viable alternative and will end in extension of the 70-year-old’s term. Nazarbayev has been in power since 1989.
While Helen Clarks UNDP is continuing to provide strong support for the Nazarbayev's Electoral Commission despite popular discontent and clear distrust in this commission. The project "objective" is:
"The project is aimed at integrating electoral process into a broader democratic agenda through enhancement of electoral participation of underrepresented categories of society and strengthening the capacity of newly formed local electoral bodies. The project intends to utilize new technology based approaches in electoral education and ensure sustainability of the project results through active involvement of the Central Election Commission."
|Title:||ENHANCEMENT OF ELECTORAL AWARENESS AND INCLUSIVE DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE KAZAKHSTANI SOCIETY|