Parliamentary election for the lower house of the parliament and the local representative bodies kicked off across Kazakhstan on Sunday.
More than 12 million people are eligible to vote today. According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), 10,233 polling stations are operating in 17 regions and three cities of national significance Astana, Almaty, and Shymkent.
Polling stations in Kazakhstan and abroad will close at 8 pm local time.
Seven political parties are competing for seats. There are 281 candidates from party lists and hundreds of candidates in single-mandate constituencies, a novelty in this election and a sign of unprecedented political activity among citizens.