Turnout in the presidential elections in Kazakhstan, according to preliminary data, amounted to 69.43%, said Konstantin Petrov, deputy chairman of the country's Central Election Commission.
“In total, 8,299,501 voters across the country received a ballot at 22.00 Astana time (19.00 Moscow time), which is 69.43% of the number included in the voting lists,” Petrov said.
There is no turnout threshold for presidential elections in Kazakhstan. Most voters voted in Zhetysu region - 81.42%, least of all - in Alma-Ata - 28.72%.
A briefing on the preliminary results of the vote is expected on the morning of November 21.
Early presidential elections in Kazakhstan were held on November 20 under the country's updated constitution. The head of state is elected for one seven-year term without the right to re-election.
Six candidates are vying for the top post: current president Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, economist Meiram Kazhyken (nominated by the Amanat trade union commonwealth), head of the Republican Farmers Association Zhiguli Dairabaev (Auyl party), Nurlan Auyesbaev, a representative of the opposition National Social Democratic Party, and a human rights activist Saltanat Tursynbekova (from the association "Kazakh mothers - the path to traditions") and public figure Karakat Abden, nominated by the national alliance of professional social workers.