Kazakhstan is gearing up for presidential elections again, and in anticipation of this April 26 event, incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has accepted the nomination to contest from the nation’s ruling Nur Otan Party. Cutting across party lines, politicians and academicians have unanimously described him as a worthy candidate for the post, and in the last week, when the proposal was put to a vote, it was supported by all 1200 Congress delegates, which was indicative of the huge popularity he enjoys. Accepting the proposal to contest for the post of president again, Nazarbayev said that he had only one goal in his mind, and that was to tackle all new complex tasks for the benefit of the citizens of Kazakhstan. “Building on our successes, we must move forward,” he emphasized.
For the April 26 presidential election, 14 citizens have filed their nominations so far before the Central Election Commission.
Nazarbayev, who has been his country’s president since 1991, has enjoyed overwhelming popularity while in power.
In February 2011, an opinion research poll commissioned by the Washington-based International Republican Institute and conducted by independent pollster Gallup put his support at more than 90 percent.
The Constitution of Kazakhstan limits a president to two five-year terms, with an exception made for the country’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.