In Kazakhstan, law enforcement officers are preventing a protest rally in the center of Almaty on the day of parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported.
Elections of deputies of parliament and local representative bodies are held in Kazakhstan on Sunday. Several political forces, including the unregistered Democratic Party of Kazakhstan, the Oyan movement, Qazaqstan and the DVK movement banned by the court, hold their actions on this day.
Police officers surrounded several dozen protesters in Republic Square. Protesters chanting calls for a boycott of the elections.
Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev said earlier that the police would act in strict accordance with the law in relation to the protesters. According to him, there will be no repressive measures against the protesters.
Earlier it was reported that in Kazakhstan the turnout in the parliamentary elections by 14:00 was 43.9%. The highest voter turnout was noted in the North Kazakhstan region.