January 12. Information Center - Kazakhstan looks up to India for strengthening of democratic
traditions as a "bright example to learn from'1 and has lauded Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's hardwork in ensuring an effective COVID-19 vaccine, United
News of India reports.
Kazakhstan's Ambassador toIndia, Yerlan Alimbayev, who was briefing
reporters on the Parliamentary elections inKazakhstan,
said his country has a "bright example ofIndia,
the largest democracy in the world to learn from, thereby ensuring the highest
international standards are met."
The Ambassador thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the
hard work in ensuring an effective COVID-19 vaccine and appreciated the example
set for Kazakhstan by India, the world's largest democracy in terms of handling
the pandemic and the democratic system. Explaining the importance of the
elections, the Ambassador thanked India for continued support and recalled how
India was the first country to offer diplomatic relations to the newly
independent Kazakhstan in February 1992.
On Kazakhstan-India relations, he said "free and fair
elections are a fundamental part for the organisation of Kazakhstan government
and in our 30th year of Independence, the upcoming elections are momentous in
Coupled with the political reforms such as better inclusion
of women and youth voices and more, these elections are not only important for
Kazakhstan but also for our extended neighbours and strategic partners all over
the world, India especially.
The election to the lower house (Majilis) is the first to be
held under the Kassyum-Jomart Tokayev's Presidency and first since 2004 to be
held on the scheduled date. Mr Tokayev became the President of Kazakhstan after
Mr Xursultan Xazarbayev stepped aside to 'make way for yopunger leaders."
Mr Nazarbayev's Party, Nur-Otan, People's Party of
Kazakhstan, Auyl Party, Adal Party, Ak Zhol Party were the five parties which
contested the Majilis 2021 elections held on Sunday.