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Kazakh Election Commission nixes Opposition Referendum Proposal

Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) has rejected a proposal by the opposition party Ak Zhol to conduct a nationwide referendum to annul the results of 19 September parliamentary elections, Interfax-Kazakhstan reported on 18 November.

Ak Zhol co-Chairman Alikhan Baimenov told a news conference in Almaty on 18 November that the CEC decided that three of the referendum's six questions failed to meet legal requirements and that the number of initiative group members in some regions -- another legal requirement-- was fewer than 30people.

Baimen called the claims "groundless," and said that Ak Zhol plans to appeal the decision.

(RFE/RL 19.xi.04)

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