The referendum, in which the citizens of Kazakhstan will vote on changing a third of the provisions of the Constitution, will be held on June 5. Tokayev previously called these amendments fundamental
The referendum on changing the Constitution of Kazakhstan is scheduled for June 5, the decree was signed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
“Hold a republican referendum 5 June 2022»,— says the document.
Tokayev released a video message to the citizens of Kazakhstan, in which he stated that the amendments to the Constitution are of “life-changing significance” for the country. “The universal vote of citizens on the draft constitutional amendments will demonstrate our firm commitment to democratic principles,” Tokayev noted.
He also said that the Constitutional Council gave an opinion on the compliance of the draft law on amending the Constitution with its provisions— thus, the implementation of the reform has reached the finish line.
Tokayev proposed holding a referendum on constitutional amendments at the end of April. According to him, the amendments to the Basic Law are of a fundamental nature and will affect one third of the provisions of the country's Constitution. He called the renewed political system “the second republic”.
In mid-March, Tokayev proposed a program for the comprehensive modernization of Kazakhstan's political system, in particular the transition from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic with a strong parliament. He called for the introduction of the obligation for the head of state to terminate party membership for the period of office and the introduction of a ban on his closest relatives from holding positions of political civil servants and heading state-owned companies.
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