NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – A presidential candidate from the public association Khalyk Demography Zhumatai Aliyev failed exams on the knowledge of the state Kazakh language, Central Election Commission (CEC) member Lyazzat Suleimen told a briefing on 2 May. The presidential elections in Kazakhstan will be held on 9 June.

“The CEC adopted the relevant protocol that presidential candidate Zhumatai Aliyev does not comply with the requirement of Article 41 of paragraph 2 of the Constitution of Kazakhstan and Article 54 of the law on elections in terms of fluency in the state language,” Suleimen said.

Each candidate answers three questions during the exam. In the first stage, Aliyev chose the theme of the essay – “Memleket zhane dіn” (State and religion). In the second stage, Aliyev read an excerpt from the work of Mukhtar Auezov “Abai Zholy” (The Path of Abai). The third question – a report on a free topic – he could not reveal. The candidate used the full time allotted. He used all time (1,5 hour) for the literacy exam. He also had enough time for preparation to read the text in the Kazakh language.

Based on the answers of the applicant, the commission concluded that Aliyev does not fully know the state language.

The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan refused to register Aliyev as a candidate for the presidency of Kazakhstan. Such a decision was taken on 2 May, following the meeting of the Central Election Commission.

The CEC adopted a protocol on non-compliance of a candidate with the requirements of the Constitution and the Constitutional Act on Elections.

Aliyev was born on 20 June 1952 in the Zhambyl region, south of Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Leningrad State University and the Almaty Institute of National Economy. In 1975, he began his career as a teacher at the Almaty State Medical Institute.

Over the years, he served as head of the executive secretariat of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, head of the public policy department of the Presidential Administration, deputy head of the internal policy department of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan. In 2012-2016, he was a member of the Majilis of the parliament.