NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan said on 6 May it has accredited the first 45 observers from international organizations for the snap presidential election in Kazakhstan to be held on 9 June.

“We expect the arrival of over a thousand international observers. We sent invitations to ten international organizations, while only four organizations sent their experts,” CEC member Zauresh Baymoldina said on 6 May.

According to Baymoldina, among the registered observers are experts who will be in Kazakhstan since mid-May (long-term), and those who arrive in the country on the eve of the elections (short-term observers).

The mission of observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States sent seven experts (Sergey Lebedev, Victor Guminsky, Sergey Burutin, Yevgeny Sloboda, Yevgeny Kozyak, Oleg Kuleba and Irina Podlutskaya).

Twenty 22 experts will arrive to Nur-Sultan from the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States.

Four observers will come from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, 12 international observers will arrive from the OSCE/ODIHR Mission.

As Baymoldina noted, international observers will monitor not only the legality of all the procedures of the electoral process, but will meet with presidential candidates also.

All observers of international organizations will receive appropriate certificates from the CEC of Kazakhstan.

The snap presidential election in Kazakhstan will be held on 9 June. In total, seven people claim the head of state, including the current president, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev.