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RECORD NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS FOR CAMBODIA 2018 ELECTION

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 16, 2018 at 7:45 AM

The elections for National Assembly of Kingdom of Cambodia are marking a new achievement with the registration of more than 160.000 electoral monitors for the upcoming elections branded by the Government as an example in history and by international community as free and fair in preparations.


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The National Election Committee (NEC) of Kingdom of Cambodia increased the estimate from a previous figure of about 80,000, saying the observers were fairly evenly split between civil society groups and political party observers.


The National Election Committee (NEC) increased the estimate from a previous figure of about 80,000, saying the observers were fairly evenly split between civil society groups and political party observers.


Some 107 organizations will send observers to polling stations, according to a statement released by the NCE on Wednesday.

 


The Government of Prime Minister Hun Sen is credited with organizing what government assses to be the best elections in the nation`s history.



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The full text of the pre-election assessment report can be read out here:

EUROPE AND ASIA CONFERENCE


DIPLOMATIC BULLETIN


WORLD ELECTIONS MONITORS ORGANIZATION

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In the official pre-election monitoring report it was appreciated that:


The international community is congratulating the government of Cambodia for the exemplary development of democracy in the country during the twenty-five years since the Constitution of Cambodia enshrined liberal multi-party democracy.


As we near the elections scheduled for 29 July this year, we appreciate the full progress of civil and political rights in Cambodia and the commitment for the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in July.


The peaceful climate after the dissolution of the terrorist organizations that where plaguing the nation and the fact that rights to freedom of expression, press, association and peaceful assembly, are respected, protected and fulfilled are encouraging.


It is clearly that Cambodia is registered on a path of development, full commitment to human rights and in full adherence to a genuine liberal multi-party democracy as envisaged in the Constitution of Cambodia for the benefit of all Cambodians.


The preparations for July 29 elections where saluted world-wide as conducive to a free and fair expression of the will of the Cambodian people and as a living democratic exercise and we hope that the election day, tabulation, collation and announcing of the results will be conduced in the same transparent manner.

 



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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE DEDICATED TO CAMBODIA`S 2018 ELECTIONS

 


H.M. KING NORODOM SIHAMONI WEIGHTS IN: CAMBODIA IS HAVING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS!

 


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: CAMBODIA`S DEMOCRATIC MODEL

 


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CAMBOYA ELECCIONES 2018: MISION INTERNACIONAL DE OBSERVACION ELECTORAL

Posted by European Council on International Relations on July 23, 2018 at 8:15 AM

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El jefe de la Misión de Observación Electoral para las elecciones generales de Camboya del próximo 29 de julio, Presidente Dr. Anton Caragea presentó oficialmente en conferencia de prensa la Misión y su objetivos.

 

 


La Misión Internacional de Observación Electoral se reunió con la Comision Nacional Electoral,candidatos y representantes de partidos políticos, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y medios de comunicación, entre otros interlocutores.


Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea explicó que todas las misiones de observación electoral con caracter internacional descansan en los mismos principios y utilizan una metodología común.


La imparcialidad es uno de los principales principios de la observación, junto con la objetividad, la independencia y la no injerencia.




“Las misiones de observación son responsables de sus propias conclusiones y no reciben instrucciones ni de las instituciones comunitarias ni de los gobiernos de los Estados miembros”, matizó.

 

 


El jefe de Misión continuó detallando la metodología de largo plazo que aplican las misiones de observación, con el seguimiento de la fase preelectoral: análisis del marco legal, el censo electoral, el registro de candidatos, la campaña electoral y su financiación, el desempeño de la administración electoral o la cobertura de las actividades de los candidatos por los medios de comunicación.


La jornada electoral y la fase postelectoral son momentos cruciales en las actividades de observación : transmisión, agregación y divulgación de resultados, así como el análisis de los eventuales recursos ante la Sala de lo Constitucional y la Corte Suprema y, finalmente, la proclamación de resultados definitivos.


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Los informes de la Misión de Observación Electoral en Camboya 2018 analizarán el proceso electoral a la luz de las normas, principios y buenas prácticas en materia de elecciones democráticas y de la legislación de Camboya.

 


Sobre la base de su evaluación, la Misión de Observación Electoral en Camboya 2018 opinó que las fases preelectoral y electoral del proceso eran evidentemente justas, libres y transparentes.

MISSION D`OBSERVATION ELECTORALE AU CAMBODGE 2018 ELECTIONS LEGISLATIVES

Posted by European Council on International Relations on July 23, 2018 at 8:05 AM

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Suite à l’invitation de le Conseil national Electorale (CNE) du Cambodge une Mission d’Observation Électorale (MOE) a été déployé pour les élections législatives qui auront lieu en Cambodge le 29 juillet 2018.

 

 


Les élections législatives du 29 julliet prochain marqueront une étape importante dans la consolidation démocratique du pays la Cambodge d’aujourd’hui est une pays démocratique, stable et prospère

 


Professeur docteur Anton Caragea le chef de la Mission Électorale present le context de cette action: “Cette Mission d’Observation Électorale s’inscrit dans le cadre des relations bilatérales privilégiées que la Communauté mondiale entretient avec le Royaume du Cambodge.


Elle témoigne de la solidité de notre partenariat et de l’importance de notre travail commun pour le renforcement de la démocratie et de la bonne gouvernance.


Sur la base de son évaluation, la Mission d’Observation Électorale (MOE) était d’avis que les phases pré-électorales du processus étaient manifestement équitables, libres et transparentes.


La Mission Électorale se réjouit également à la perspective de coopérer avec d’autres missions d’observation.

 


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EUROPE AND ASIA CONFERENCE

 

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À l’issue du scrutin, la MOE présentera publiquement ses conclusions préliminaires sur le déroulement du processus électoral.


Un rapport analytique complet, qui inclura notamment des recommandations en vue des prochaines échéances électorales, sera ensuite présenté au gouvernement cambodgien, quelques semaines après les élections.


Le Conseil européenne des relations internationales continuera à travailler avec les autorités du Cambodge pour la consolidation démocratique dans le pays, ainsi que la mise en œuvre des recommandations de sa Mission d’Observation Électorale.




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H.M. KING NORODOM SIHAMONI WEIGHTS IN: CAMBODIA IS HAVING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS!

 


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: CAMBODIA`S DEMOCRATIC MODEL


INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE DEDICATED TO CAMBODIA`S 2018 ELECTIONS

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INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY OFFERS PLAUDITS TO H.M. KING NORODOM SIHAMONI FOR DEFENDING DEMOCRATIC AND FREE ELECTIONS IN CAMBODIA

Posted by European Council on International Relations on July 5, 2018 at 3:05 AM

International community expressed his support for the salient message of H.M. Norodom Sihamoni raising his voice in the defense of the democratic process taking place in his country.


Cambodia will have perfect transparent and democratically valid elections in July 29 2018 stated the royal message. 



In front of a media slur and outrageous misinformation campaign, destined to taint Cambodia`s people and authorities determination to host free, equal opportunity and transparent elections, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni has the final say, closing any honest debate on the subject: The Kingdom will enjoy free and fair elections and the people of Cambodia will have the full opportunity to express their views and decision for the country direction and leadership.

 


The royal message writes that:


“On this occasion, I would like to solemnly call for all eligible voters to cast their ballots in order to elect national leaders for development and glorious progress in all fields”.

 

 

 



His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni ends the debate for any honest observer of Kingdom`s politics: 2018 elections will be democratic and exemplary.

 

 



The monarch said the forthcoming election is a free, fair, and confidential election that goes with the liberal multi-party democracy, so the voters should not worry about any pressure or intimidation from anyone or any political party.


“I urge all the compatriots to exercise your rights to vote in according to your own conscience and to freely elect any candidate, any political party that you trust,” King Sihamoni said in a royal message released to the media.


Earlier the international community also praised the election preparations in regard to an outstanding PRESS CODE offering unequal access for the media and citizens to the information and enshrining election transparency as the main factor in these elections and to the regulation for international and national observers that has assured a perfect control of the elections process.

 



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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ENSURES FREE AND FAIR 2018 POLL


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: CAMBODIA`S DEMOCRATIC MODEL


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Finally, the Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit has released a video announcing that the July 29 national elections would be regarded as the “best” in Cambodia’s history.


The 14-minute documentary, titled Will the July general election be liberal, pluralistic, and democratic? draws on four points to reach its conclusion.


The election process would be smooth and free, multiparty, open to observers and without violence, the video says.


Noting that there are 20 political parties vying in the elections despite the country only having eight million voters, the video says: “Cambodia is setting another good example for other countries in terms of pluralism, which is the basic principle of a democratic election.”


“In brief,” in continues, “the general election scheduled for July 29, could be considered one of the best elections in Cambodia’s history.


“Best election in the sense that this election will be held with the participation of so many political parties coupled with strict implementation of three main principles – being liberal, pluralistic, and democratic – principles that are the best foundation for an election.


“Last but not least, this coming election will be conducted in a peaceful and nonviolent manner and free from rhetorical quarrel,” the commentator says.


The video ends with the stand that democracy in Cambodia is maturing and that no one can destroy it

EUROPEAN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO TAKE PART IN CAMBODIAN NATIONAL ELECTIONS 2018 MONITORING

Posted by European Council on International Relations on July 5, 2018 at 2:40 AM

European Council on International Relations-EUCIR parliamentary team of observers for the Cambodian elections, scheduled for July 29, began working.


The mission is part of a global effort of monitoring by World Election Monitors Organization (WEMO) and is appreciated, according to NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA statements that 50.000 national and international observers will be taken part.


The global mission started his activities on July4th with a press conference and an exposé of targets and objectives. 



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Head of International Observers Team for Cambodia 2018 Elections, launched the mission at a press conference on 4 July, stressing the importance of Cambodia’s parliamentary elections for the country’s stability.


On this occasion the official launch of the website of Election Observation Mission for Cambodia has taken place.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea explained all that World Elections Monitors Organization (WEMO) Observation Missions use a common methodology underpinned by the principles of impartiality, objectivity, independence and non-interference. ‘’International Election Observation Missions are responsible for their own conclusions and do not receive instructions neither from the European institutions nor by member states’ governments.’’.



The Head of International Observers Team for Cambodia 2018:

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea



The Head of International Observers Team detailed the long-term monitoring methodology.


The election observation mission for the Kingdom of Cambodia 2018 will cover the political campaign, pre-election preparations, election day – polling, counting and tabulation of results – and the complaints and appeals process as well as the announcement of results.


This will include a thorough analysis of the legal framework, the work of the election administration, campaign activities, the conduct of the media in covering the elections, and the mechanisms for electoral disputes.


The mission will meet election stakeholders, including government officials, election administration bodies, candidates and representatives from political parties, members of civil society and the media, the judiciary, amongst others.


Shortly after election day, the mission will issue a statement containing its preliminary findings.


A final report, including a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the electoral process and with possible recommendations for future elections, will be released several weeks later announced Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 





Elections observers pose for a photo with the Head of International Electoral Observation Team- President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 




How do you make an observation mission?


Election observation gives the opportunity to assess an electoral process according to international standards. The members of World Electors Monitors Organization (WEMO) are leading global actors in providing technical electoral assistance complementary to election observation.


This dual form of election support constitutes a significant contribution to the promotion of governance and development objectives.

 



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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:

 


H.M. KING NORODOM SIHAMONI WEIGHTS IN: CAMBODIA IS HAVING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS!


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ENSURES FREE AND FAIR 2018 POLL


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: CAMBODIA`S DEMOCRATIC MODEL


INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE DEDICATED TO CAMBODIA`S 2018 ELECTIONS


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What is an observation mission?


An observation mission assesses all aspects of the electoral process, its constitutional and legal framework, the delimitation of constituencies, the registration of voters and candidates, the training of election staff, voter education, media coverage, the campaign and the preparations for election day, as well as the appeals process.

 


On election day, observers visit pooling stations in order to observe the opening, voting, counting and aggregation of results.




What are the principles of an electoral monitoring mission?

 


Its fundamental principles are full coverage, impartiality, transparency and professionalism. Its ultimate objective is to become superfluous by entrenching democracy deep within each nation through the development of national capacities.

 


Its main goals are the legitimization of an electoral process, where appropriate, and the enhancement of public confidence in the electoral process to deter fraud, to strengthen respect for human rights, and to contribute to conflict resolution.

 



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EUCIR special monitoring procedures 



Members of an Election Observation Mission undertake a range of activities, including monitoring the media and election campaigns, reviewing the election law, the constitution and commitments the country is signed on to, in detail.


They also examine the election machinery from polling clerks to the administrator as well as observe training. The team generally attempts to meet all the key stakeholders and party political activists. They attend party rallies, meet candidates, civil society organisations, academics, etc..


The observer team usually holds press conferences at the start and end of their visits, and at the end of the mission, the team prepares a report that is available to the public.

DIM SOVANNAROM-NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE: CAMBODIA IS A MULTI-PARTY DEMOCRACY

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2018 at 3:50 AM

As the people of Cambodia are preparing to go to the urns to elect their leaders in what was generally described as the freest and most open electoral competition the country`s top election watchdog: National Election Committee (NEC) hailed the prospect of multi-party democracy with the registration of 20 parties for a July general election.


“Now, we have 20 political parties registered, this shows a multi-party democracy,” NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom told a news briefing.





Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician HUN SEN had insured an open and competitive climate for the July 2018 elections earning him global plaudits.

 



“This is an opportunity for people, in every five years, to chose their leaders,” he added.

 


Twenty political parties registered to participate in the upcoming national election in July as the 15-day window to register candidates came to an end yesterday.


Dim Sovannarom, spokesman for the National Election Committee, said during a press conference yesterday that 20 political parties have registered to contest the election on July 29.


“In total, 20 political parties have registered at the NEC,” Mr Sovannarom said. “The NEC will carry out its duty according to the law to ensure the electoral process is free and fair.”


Mr Sovannarom said that four political parties, Cambodian People’s Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Cambodian Nationality Party and Khmer National United Party, were officially recognized by the NEC so far.

 


He said that the NEC will follow its procedure to review the documents of the other 16 political parties that have registered.


Mr Sovannarom said that 20 parties are taking part in the election on July 29, noting that eight political parties took part in the 2013 election.


“It showcases that multiple-party democracy is flourishing,” Mr Sovannarom said. “We are walking on the road of multiple-party democracy to hold the election on July 29.”

 


Among the recognized parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Academician Hun Sen, the royalist Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and the Grassroots Democracy Party.


The Southeast Asian nation is scheduled to hold a national election for the 125-seat parliament on July 29 and approximately 8.3 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots.


Speaking during a get-together with thousands of garment factory workers in southwestern Kampong Speu province, Academician Hun Sen renewed his call for the people to vote in the forthcoming election, saying it would be the only chance for them to elect their leaders once in every five years.


According to the NEC, the three-week electoral campaign will start from July 7 to 27 2018 and according to international observers the poll is promising to respect the principles of free, fair and transparent elections.

 



National Election Committee of Cambodia in the process of registering political parties candidatures.



Political parties contesting the July 2018 Cambodia`s General Elections

 

 


Khmer National United Party

Our Motherland Party

Ponleu Thmey Party

Cambodian Nationality Party

Khmer Rise Party

Beehive Social Democratic Party

Grassroots Democracy Party

Republican Democratic Party

Reaksmey Khemra Party

League for Democracy Party

Khmer Republican Party

Khmer Anti-Poverty Party

FUNCINPEC

Khmer Economic Development Party

Cambodian Youth Party

Dharmacracy Party

Khmer Will Party

Cambodia Indigenous Democracy Party

Khmer United Party

Cambodian People’s Party



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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


 

H.M. KING NORODOM SIHAMONI WEIGHTS IN: CAMBODIA IS HAVING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS!


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ENSURES FREE AND FAIR 2018 POLL


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY: CAMBODIA`S DEMOCRATIC MODEL


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CAMBODIA`S JULY 2018 ELECTIONS: THE BEST POLL - Council of Ministers Press and Quick Reaction Unit

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM

The Council of Ministers’ Press and Quick Reaction Unit has released a video announcing that the July 29 national elections would be regarded as the “best” in Cambodia’s history.

 


The 14-minute documentary, titled Will the July general election be liberal, pluralistic, and democratic? draws on four points to reach its conclusion.


The election process would be smooth and free, multiparty, open to observers and without violence, the video says.

 


Noting that there are 20 political parties vying in the elections despite the country only having eight million voters, the video says: “Cambodia is setting another good example for other countries in terms of pluralism, which is the basic principle of a democratic election.”

 


“In brief,” in continues, “the general election scheduled for July 29, could be considered one of the best elections in Cambodia’s history.

 


“Best election in the sense that this election will be held with the participation of so many political parties coupled with strict implementation of three main principles – being liberal, pluralistic, and democratic – principles that are the best foundation for an election.

 


“Last but not least, this coming election will be conducted in a peaceful and nonviolent manner and free from rhetorical quarrel,” the commentator says.


The video ends with the stand that democracy in Cambodia is maturing and that no one can destroy it.


The full video can be accessed here. 



More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ENSURES FREE AND FAIR 2018 POLL


NEW INFORMATIONS ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA


INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS ARE PREPARED FOR 2018 CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION

Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 4, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday released the code of conduct for national and international observers in the forthcoming national election.


“The code of conduct of electoral observers aims to set out important measures for non-governmental organizations, associations, and electoral observers to fulfill their duties in a neutral and impartial position,” according to a NEC’s statement.

 

 



The statement said electoral observations should be conducted with integrity and transparency, and electoral observers should perform their tasks without any interference.


It said the observers should not interfere in internal affairs of Cambodia, and should not talk with voter registration applicants or voters in term of supporting or opposing any political party or candidate.


Also, the observers should not conduct any survey for any political party or candidate, and should not provide a written statement or interview to media in the form of supporting any political party or candidate.


The code of conduct also banned observers from disturbing the process of voter registration, voting and ballot counting.


Under the Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly, the violator will be fined between 2,500 U.S. dollars and 5,000 U.S. dollars by the NEC, the statement said.


According to the statement, after the election process is completed, the electoral observers should submit a written report on their observation and conclusion on election process to the NEC.


The Southeast Asian nation is scheduled to hold a national election for the 125-seat parliament on July 29, 2018 and some 8.3 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots.


The NEC had officially recognized 20 out of the 20 political parties that registered to contest in the election, according to another NEC statement.


More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


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More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE CREATES A BALANCED CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRESS AND JOURNALISTS


CAMBODIA`S NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ENSURES FREE AND FAIR 2018 POLL


NEW INFORMATIONS ABOUT NATIONAL ELECTION COMMITTEE OF CAMBODIA

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Among the recognized political parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the royalist Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and the Grassroots Democracy Party.


The three-week electoral campaign will start from July 7 to 27.


Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on the authorities to freely allow political party leaders to meet their activists or supporters at different places across the kingdom.


“It will not be a free contest if we prevent the leaders of political parties from visiting various places to meet their members or supporters,” the prime minister said during a groundbreaking ceremony for a road construction in Kampong Chhnang province.


According to international observers, Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Academician Hun Sen is tipped to win the elections by a huge margins driven forward in the electoral preferences by the country steady economic growth, strong democracy and peoples centered policies implemented by the Academician Hun Sen during his tenure as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom.

 


Peoples are crediting him for the country’s hard-earned peace and development.


PRIME MINISTER ABDOULKADER KAMIL MOHAMED AWARDS PRESIDENT DR. ANTON CARAGEA THE 27 OF JUNE NATIONAL ORDER OF DJIBOUTI

Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 24, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed on Thursday raised Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council of International Relations, to the rank of Commander in the National Order of 27 June.




 

The Prime Minister raises Professor Dr. Anton Caragea to the rank of Commander in the National Order of June 27. 

On April 10, the recipient President of the European Council of International Relations was in official visit in the Republic of Djibouti.


 

On this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked Professor Anton Caragea on behalf of the Republic of Djibouti for the award of this award and the recognition of the efforts of the Head of State, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and his government for the promotion and development of the cultural, diplomatic and tourism potential and assets of our country.

 


The decoration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture, Moumin Hassan Barreh, the Minister Delegate for Trade and Tourism, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdillahi Waïs, the Chief of Cabinet of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdoulkader Ibrahim, the Director General of the National Tourist Office, Osman Abdi Mohamed, and high level delegates of the European Council of International Relation.

EUROPE AND VENEZUELA WILL STAND TOGETHER: PRESIDENT`S NICOLAS MADURO AND ANTON CARAGEA PRESS CONFERENCE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM

President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, has accepted the invitation from Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, for a familiarization visit with the realities of the Latin American country.





Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela invited an European delegation to see first hand the realities of Venezuela.



 

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to European Council on International Relations President:


As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.



The visit of European  delegates took place from 15 to 22 September 2017 and is part of a broader strategy of the Nicolas Maduro government to develop Venezuela and to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on oil income.






Development is a tool for a better Venezuela: H.E. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela presents CARACAS candidature for World Capital of Culture and Tourism to H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of EUCIR.




Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, EUCIR President remarked: Venezuela has one of the most diverse climates, with ice capped Andean mountains to the west, Amazon jungle to the south, wide rivers and tall waterfalls surrounded by tabletop mountains and unusual rock formations to the southeast, and a gorgeous, pristine Caribbean coast to the north that has some of the world’s finest and exclusive beaches, such as Los Roques and highest waterfalls on the planet, Angel Falls.





President/Professor Dr. Anton Caragea hosted in MIRAFORES TV studios and National Venezuelan Television.

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During the week-long visit, the high-level European Council delegates hold extensive talks with various officials like: Juan Bautista Arias Palacio – Minister for Basic and Strategic Industries and Socialist Development, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister of Tourism.



Agreements regarding economic cooperation, tourism promotion, TV travel documentaries and bilateral information exchange and cooperation for SDG completion in the framework of Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals where tabled.



Cooperation in the field of tourism promotion and ECTT technical support for Caracas drafting a coherent plan to obtain the election as World Capital of Culture and Tourism was also agreed.



The highlights of the visit, where the two memorable encounters with President Nicolas Maduro.




On September 19, 2017, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea took the distinct honor to sign the HONORARY BOOK at MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace.




On 17 September 2017, the delegates part take in the President TV Show: Sundays with Maduro! together with Evo Morales, Bolivian President.





Evo Morales, President of Bolivia presents a tourism booklet to European  delegation.



During the discussions, the tourism and cultural connections between the two countries were tabled and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has given as gifts to the two President’s his latest book on Interference of Civilizations in European Union Project.



On 19 September 2017, in the conclusion of The International March of Solidarity with Venezuela, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was invited for a photo session with President Nicolas Maduro, signed the Honorary Book at Miraflores Palace and has given an interview to the Miraflores TV Channel, expressing his support for Bolivarian Revolution role in forging a free and democratic Latin America.


The cultural program of the visit included discovery trips to Natural Sanctuary of Waraira Repano, a tour of Caracas landmarks like The Cathedral of Caracas, Saint Francis, Simon Bolivar birthplace etc.

 




The cable car of Caracas connecting the city with Waraira Repano.



A special day was dedicated to offering respect for Venezuelan history major figures, with a visit to National Pantheon and a stop to Simon Bolivar funeral monument and Francisco Miranda tomb.

 




Simon Bolivar: The Hero of Latin American Liberation struggle: a lay over charged with respect for official delegates.



An emotionally charged moment was the visit to Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana) the place where the architect of the Bolivarian Revolution and the apostle of the poor`s: Commander Hugo Chavez is laid for eternal rest surrounded by world gratitude and love.


The delegates witnessed the changing of the guard and where hart struck by the powerful words of remembering for the fallen hero: Chavez lives!





President Dr. Anton Caragea in a moment of respect in front of the Commander HUGO CHAVEZ Mausoleum in Mountain Quarter (Quartel de la Montana).



The European delegation visit to Venezuela has given a new impetus to the relations between nations and their attendance to the world solidarity movement with Venezuela has being registered with gratitude by the people of the Caribbean nation, proudly building a revolution of freedom and dignity.


 

Venezuela it is blessed with an impressive diversity of natural treasures including crystalline beaches, dense jungles, expansive savannas and imposing mountains and we hope that the beautiful city of Caracas will have a fighting chance in WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM competition, stated President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


It will be an incredible boost for all Caribbean region concluded the President.





Caracas: a candidate city for WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

 




The telepheric connecting Caracas and Waraira Repano





Natural sanctuary of Waraira Repano

 




MIRAFLORES Presidential Palace: the beating heart of Venezuela welcomed ECTT President!

 




Cathedral of Caracas: a splendid architectural marvel.

 




Saint Francisc Church of Caracas.

TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA: UNA CUMBRE MUNDIAL DE SOLIDARIDAD EN CARACAS

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM





Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, El Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela logró a fructificar la visión del Presidente Maduro para transmitir al mundo un poderoso mensaje: ¡TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA!



Caracas se convertirá en la capital diplomática oficial mundial con ocasión del Día Internacional de la Diálogo por la Paz, la Soberanía y la Diplomacia Bolivariana proclamado por el Presidente Nicolás Maduro de Venezuela.


 




El convocatorio del Presidente Nicolas Maduro para el Día Internacional de la Diálogo por la Paz, la Soberanía y la Diplomacia Bolivariana a unido el mundo en un movimiento global líderada de Caracas por la paz y la democracia.

 


El Día Internacional de la Paz, la Soberanía y la Diplomacia Bolivariana es una creación del Presidente Nicolás Maduro, parte de los esfuerzos de la diplomacia bolivariana generalmente aclamados, destinados a construir una diplomacia para el pueblo, orientada hacia la cooperación sin confrontación, la independencia sin usurpación y el diálogo para paz.


De acuerdo con el papel de Caracas como una tribuna diplomática global y multipolar, el Día Internacional de la Paz, la Soberanía y la Diplomacia Bolivariana -La solidaridad con Venezuela asiste a líderes alrededor del mundo interesados ​​en elaborar la agenda para un siglo XXI sin agresión, estratagemas imperialistas, amenazas y conflictos.





Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, Presidente de Consejo Europeo para Relaciones Internacionales va a presentar su posicion en el cumbre mundial de Caracas.




 

Europa participará plenamente en el evento con una delegación a cargo del Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, Presidente de Consejo Europeo para Relaciones Internacionales (EUCIR).

 


Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, El Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela ha señalado en la carta de invitación oficial dirigida al Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea:


Como Ministro de Poder Popular para Relaciones Internacionales, considero con interés su participación en este espacio de magnitud y su solidaridad en este momento histórico en que celebramos el legado de dignidad y justicia del Comandante Hugo Chávez y del Presidente Nicolás Maduro legado al pueblo venezolano y a la revolución bolivariana.


Antes de la salida a Venezuela, el presidente de EUCIR, Anton Caragea, expuso su visión en relación con la reunión diplomática más importante de 2017.


Nuestra presencia en el evento de solidaridad diplomática y mundial con la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela está grabada como un poderoso símbolo de nuestro compromiso con la lucha por la libertad, la dignidad y la soberanía del pueblo venezolano bajo el liderazgo sin igual del gobierno bolivariano y la abnegada dedicación del presidente Maduro.

 


¡La libertad vencerá siempre! esta es la poderosa verdad que la gente de Venezuela y el presidente Maduro están presentando al mundo reunidos en Caracas.

 


En el mundo de hoy Venezuela se ha convertido en un vibrante ejemplo de democracia participativa, esfuerzos prominentes para América Latina y la independencia global y el respeto por el estado y la independencia nacional, afirmó el profesor Anton Caragea.


Caracas acoge una gigantesca manifestación de vitalidad de las personalidades amorosas de la democracia, todas unidas bajo un solo grito destinado a ser escuchado en todo el mundo: ¡La libertad vencerá siempre!

WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA - THE GLOBAL SUMMIT HOSTED IN CARACAS

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM


Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela succeeded in fruition of President Maduro vision to carve out a powerful message: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA!



Caracas will become the official world diplomatic capital on the occasion of The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy proclaimed by President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.




President Nicolas Maduro appeal for The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy united the world in a Caracas lead global movement for peace and democracy.




 

The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy is the brainchild of President Nicolas Maduro, part of the generally acclaimed Bolivarian diplomacy efforts that are destined to carve out a diplomacy for the people, oriented toward cooperation without confrontation, independence without encroachment and dialogue for peace.


In accordance with Caracas role as a global and multipolar diplomatic rostrum ,The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy –Solidarity with Venezuela is attended by leaders around the world interested in crafting the agenda for a XXI century without aggression, imperialist ploys, menaces and conflicts.





EUCIR President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea,  will outline his vision on world summit in Caracas (16-17 September 2017).




Europe will participate fully on the event with a delegation led by President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in attendance.

 

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea:


As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.


 

Before the departure to Venezuela the European Council on International Relations President Anton Caragea outlined his vision in relation with the most significant diplomatic meeting of 2017.

 


Our presence on the diplomatic and world solidarity event with Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela is carved as a powerful symbol of our commitment with the fight for freedom, dignity and sovereignty of Venezuelan people under the peerless leadership of Bolivarian government and the selfless dedication of President Maduro.


Freedom will prevail! this is the powerful truth that people of Venezuela and President Maduro are presenting to the world gathered in Caracas.

 

In the world of today Venezuela has become a vibrant example of participatory democracy, prominent exertions for Latin America and global independence and respect for the statehood and national independence, stated President Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


Caracas is playing host to a giant manifestation of vitality of democracy loving personalities all united under one cry destined to be heard worldwide: Freedom will prevail!

NICOLAS MADURO, VENEZUELAN LEADER IS CREATING THE BOLIVARIAN DIPLOMACY OF PEACE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM




Under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has become one of the leaders of the democratic world.

 



President Nicolas Maduro has just return to Caracas after a tour of Kazakhstan, Algeria, Middle East ( having meetings with leaders of Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan,Russia and Algeria) and from 16 to 17 September 2017 will host the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY.




Venezuelan capital-Caracas will host the leaders interested in world democratic dialogue and values in a two days long global dialogue.




In less than a week the Bolivarian revolution leader has succeeded in linking Venezuela with the main petrol exporting countries, managed to create a bridge of friendship between Latin America and Central Asia and will play host to world leaders and democratic movement heads garnering not only to express support for Venezuela but also to enact the Bolivarian diplomacy, the concept carved out and placed at the fore by the Venezuelan president.



The call to the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY! is the most complete and exhaustive description of the main aims of Bolivarian diplomacy and must be regarded as a crux in the development of a multipolar world, a world of democracy and peace.

 


In order to better understand this call for global peace, launched with the help and supervision of President Nicolas Maduro we are presenting in full the text of the message to the peoples of the world:

 



MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD

FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA



We, citizens of the world, workers, members of social movements, civil rights organizations and political parties, academics, intellectuals and creators, denounce before humanity the international conspiracy led by the Government of Donald Trump against the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its Government and its legitimate authorities.


Under a speech of racial supremacy, intolerance and warmongering, which remind us of the darkest times of fascism, the Government of Donald Trump wages a political, diplomatic, economic and media aggression, including the military option, to undermine Venezuelan democracy, to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro and to establish a government that serves the interests of Washington.


The neocolonial restoration process in Venezuela seeks to deprive the Venezuelan people from its sovereignty and return to the global powers control over the immense riches and resources of the country.


This conspiracy against a sovereign country, which openly violates international law, makes progress thanks to the full support of the great media transnational companies, and the shameful support of neoliberal and antigrassroots governments.


Last April, a US financed political violence campaign began – through the Venezuelan opposition – and was presented to the world as civil and pacific protests. In addition to this propaganda, a smear campaign was also launched against the Venezuelan democracy before the world public opinion, by projecting Venezuela’s government as a dictatorship that violates human rights and drives the country into an alleged deep humanitarian crisis.


Truth is that the only purpose of this campaign is to overthrow the legitimate Government of Venezuela by spreading death, chaos and violence, following the style of the “Color Revolutions”. Since then, more than a hundred people have died and more than two thousand people have been wounded.


The political violence promoted by Washington has caused significant material damage and suffering to the Venezuelan people.


The latest manifestation of this plot is the discredit of the elections held on July 30th, in which eight millions of Venezuelans elected a National Constituent Assembly.


Thanks to the National Constituent Assembly election, the Venezuelan people defeated violence in the streets and restored peace. From July 30th, a process of stabilization of civil and political life has begun through the participation of all the political parties in the next regional elections for governors to be held in October.


Due to the latest threat of military force by Donald Trump and the financial blockade imposed on Venezuela, the supremacist government of Washington


has intensified the conflict, and has publicly expressed its intention to “choke” the Venezuelan economy.


We reject the escalating aggressions against Venezuela by the US administration.


Venezuela is a nation that has been building people’s democracy in a peaceful manner for 18 years now.


The Bolivarian democracy has returned the control of natural resources to the country, has redistributed wealth in favor of the working class and the humble sectors of society, and has guaranteed the social rights of all its population.

 





President Nicolas Maduro is welcomed around the world as a messenger of peace, democracy and dialogue.


 


Venezuela social achievements in the field of education, health care, social protection, social security universalization and indigenous communities’ rights have proven that it is possible to make democracy more democratic.


Its ecosocialist approach challenges those who impose the plundering of common goods of humanity by transnational elites.


Venezuela does not represent a threat to any country in the world. Since its independence, more than 200 years ago, it has never engaged in a military conflict, nor has it ever participated in wars or aggressions against other nations.


For the peace-loving people and the peoples of the world, Venezuela is a beacon of hope. This hope is threatened today by the supremacist ideology of Washington. The US ruling elite has decided to block political dialog in Venezuela and bring this country into a fratricidal conflict in order to justify this elite’s intervention plan.


We alert the world to the serious threat to world peace created by the warmongering obsession of Donald Trump. A military aggression against Venezuela or the overthrow of the Bolivarian Revolution will cause in the hemisphere a crisis of historic proportions in all orders, and will break integrationist efforts, taking away the purposes of all the nations of our region that have declared Latin America and the Caribbean a zone of peace.


The world must stop Washington madness. In the name of humanity, we demand that Donald Trump withdraw the threat of military aggression and repeal the economic sanctions and financial blockade against the Venezuelan people.


For all the above reasons, we call on all respectable men and women, from all places, ideologies and beliefs, on those who dream of a world of justice and equality, to join the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY, to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, on September 16th and 17th, and from that date on, in various parts of the world.


This day of global mobilization will bring together the solidarity of the peoples with the homeland of Simon Bolivar.


Venezuela is not alone. Today, we honor the brave Venezuelan people in their struggle for peace and dialog and in their defense of national dignity and sovereignty.


Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is no way to peace, peace is the only way.”


And Che Guevara, with his example of humanity, affirmed: “Solidarity is the tenderness of the peoples”.


In view of the imperial threat and warmongering, let us say today in the words of the great poet Pablo Neruda, our flag and our victory will be peace.


“Peace for the twilights to come …peace for the city in the morning when bread wakes up…”

Peace so that Venezuela continues to illuminate the future.

DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE - IS THE EUROPEAN CREATOR OF WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME IN 2017

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Europe has a new diplomatic partner in DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE - the creator of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME IN 2017.


The decision has being announced during EUROPE DAY celebrations by European Council on Tourism and Trade President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.





European diplomatic partnerships are concluded in order to showcase to the world the European savoir faire and know how and to offer to foreign leaders a taste of what European tradition and culture stands for in the world.


Europe's most prestigious and luxurious items are included on the diplomatic partnerships list.


From May 9, 2017, DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE creations: uniting Salvador Dali art with perfume creation technique of famous perfumer: Alberto Morillas had being inscribed on this list.



On the occasion of Europe Day 2017, France has received a new recognition as the center of world culture and lifestyle with the title of CREATOR OF WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME being saliently ascribed to DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.


 

The Perfume is from 17th century onwards an intricate part of European culture and must be inscribed as a part of tourism development as tourists are attracted by magic places where perfume is made and by perfume artists.





Today the quest for exclusive perfumes, for the secrets of the perfume creators has a new address: Dali Haute Parfumerie, World Favorite Perfume in 2017, based in Paris.


Dali Haute Parfumerie has just being honored with the title of World Favorite Perfume for 2017, in appreciation of his original interpretation of exceptional jewels created by Salvador Dali from which aroused the inspiration for creating unique perfumes, carved by the world famous perfume maker: Alberto Morillas.

 




Dali Haute Parfumerie has being inspired by the jewels collections created by the artist and now the exceptional perfume bottles are transformed in works of art, the jewels on the cap have to be preserved and kept in house for generations to come.


It was Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of Cofinluxe that harbored the bold idea to launch a new luxury perfume brand, based on the artistic creations of Salvador Dali.



A visionary decision that ascribed DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE on the road to universal recognition and success


Having your own signed Salvador Dali perfume in your house is without doubt the greatest gift that Dali Haute Parfumerie is offering to the aficionados of high end perfumes.

But the magic doesn’t stop at the bottle!




The perfume bottles of Dali Haute Parfumerie are the chalice that is protecting the fragrances carved by one of the world`s best perfume artists, fragrances that will invite you on a voyage across the essences of life.



Inside every Dali Haute Parfumerie fragrance you will find the rarest raw materials and substances in the perfume industry ranging from: absolute ambrette, orange blossom absolute, musk, patchouli of Indonesia, ylang-ylang, so many natural aromas and essences that will instantly transport you in a oneiric voyage.




Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of COFINLUXE succeeded in bringing a new life to French Perfume.



In the official letter penned for Mr. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President Director General of COFINLUXE (the parent company of Dali Haute Perfumerie)on May 9, 2017, on Europe Day and announcing Dali Haute Parfumerie as World Favorite Perfume in 2017 is noted that:


«Starting today DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE is receiving the precious recognition of quality for cosmetics and perfume’s industry and a sign of trust on international markets as the WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME FOR 2017.




On May 9, on the EUROPE DAY, when we are celebrating the values of our continent and all that our peoples are producing and in the presence of diplomatic corps accredited to our institution we have publicly signed the decree conferring the official title of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME FOR 2017 to DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.




From today DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE fragrances will be used for protocol gifts, product tasting, for brand presentations, for international delegations and international events related to tourism, trade and diplomacy across the world, promoting Europe industriousness, innovation spirit and cultural prowess.




European Council on Tourism and Trade proudly crowned Dali Haute Parfumerie for the unique and astute spirit of promoting the European, but also universal values of Salvador Dali creations and encapsulating in his perfumes the French spirit, the European culture and the magic of a great perfume artist Alberto Morillas».


For orders and special request kindly consult the list of Official Distributors and Partners of DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE or contact direct Orders Department at: +33 1 55 37 71 72

EUROPEAN PRODUCTS OUTLINED FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION ON EUROPE DAY

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 18, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.


2017 EUROPE DAY reception has enjoyed a massive participation and the launch of new partnerships for European Council on Tourism and Trade with DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.

 


The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media.


The celebration started with the Europe anthem “Ode to Joy”. H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomed the attendees with a brief speech followed by European Tourism Academy Director , Academician Mircea Constantinescu.



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomes Korean delegation to EUROPE DAY festivities.



The ceremony was officially opened with the traditional cake-cutting by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea together with Academician Mircea Constantinescu, and High Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Mark Doda as well as all ECTT accredited ambassadors in Bucharest.


EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT ) and European Tourism Academy , in cooperation with its partners would like to thank all the sponsors and European embassies by giving a great contribution to make Europe Day Reception as a memorable celebration of Europe and ECTT accomplishments.



Welcoming the guests for EUROPE DAY 2017


On the fringes of the celebrations and reception was launched the BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF THE WORLD programme promoting the best products and lifestyle goods from across Europe and the world.


The first company to be enrolled in the product promotion and universal recognition of value was COFINLUXE and DALI HAUTE PERFUMERIE, the creator of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME for 2017.


Others followed suit like: wine and champagne and sparkling wine producers registered in the fallowing days (European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI).



EUROPE at 60! A GOOD YEAR TO CELEBRATE!


The European Council on Tourism and Trade had hosted the formal reception at European Tourism Academy Headquarters on May 9 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.





Invitees lists included ministers, members of Parliament, justices, senior officials, members of the diplomatic crop, representatives of international and regional organizations and of the civil society, media, development partners and representatives of the private sector.








WORLD TOURISM INSTITUTION SELECTS CAMBODIA AS WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016

Posted by European Council on International Relations on September 5, 2016 at 7:50 AM

The President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, had led an official delegation representing the World Tourism Institutes: European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade to a tour of Kingdom of Cambodia cultural and historical patrimony, in order to evaluate the country destiny as a tourism power house in Indochina region.


 

Cambodia had received the official visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade high-ranking delegation, on the occasion of the celebration of country WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016 status.

 



 

Prime Minister of The Kingodm of Cambodia, Academician Dr. HUN SEN held up high the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION certificate. 

For all the world to see!



 

The visit of the world tourism representatives had taken place between 15 and 25 June 2016, offering them the possibility to evaluate the tourism and cultural potential of the Kingdom of Cambodia – country declared FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016.


 

The representatives of World Tourism Institution – European Council on Tourism and Trade started their familiarization trip in the country, in the famous province of Siem Reap, home of famous Angkor temples and palaces.

 



The head of European Council on Tourism and Trade, President Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and his delegates receiving a replica of Jayavarman the VII-Emperor of Angkor statue from Chairman of Siem Reap Province Mr. Nou Phalla.


 

The visit of European high level delegates to Siem Reap was accompanied by the diligent staff of Minister of Tourism of Cambodia and the Chairman of Siem Reap Province Mr. Nou Phalla.

 

A dense and perfectly carved cultural program presented the main attractions of the regions like: the world-famous architectural treasures of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the incredible magnificent construction of Bayon temple, the rich views of the red temple of Banteay Srei and the cosmic images of a vegetation invaded temple at Ta Prohm.

 



The magnificent Temple of TA PROHM.


 

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on Tourism and Trade had voiced his enthusiasm for the province cultural and historical potential in no uncertain terms: Angkor is the place where God`s and Kings, together, build not only a powerful kingdom, not only a long-lost way of life, but another understanding of the role and potential of human civilization.

 

The builders of Angkor proved to us, that the humanity knows no boundaries, no limitation in constructing kingdoms with no equal under the sun. 


Siem Reap is the house of every person who appreciates civilization and a must see in a life time, concluded his press statement ECTT President.

 



 

President Dr. Anton Caragea outlines the simple truth: Siem Reap is the house of all who love culture!


 

On 17 June, a special dinner was offered to the delegates by the office of Governor of Siem Reap Province.

 

During the celebratory feast, an ample array of music, cultural tradition and costumes from the region was displayed for the high guests. 


The next leg of the journey in the magic Kingdom of Cambodia was the familiarization trip around Phnom Penh. 


The Cambodia`s capital meet the delegates with a perfect sky line, with the astonishing atmosphere of a bustling Southern Asian city and with incredible aroma, mixing monsoon air with mango and jasmine flowers, a secret aroma that only Phnom Penh has the mastery off.

 


The visit included a tour of the Wat Phnom, a discovery trip to the hustle and bustle of Central Market, a must stop at Phsar Tuol Tom Pong better known as Russian Market and a bird’s eye view of the awe-inspiring city monuments like: Independence Monument, the new governmental quarter of Peace Palace etc.


 


Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. A stand-alone point in the European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visit to Cambodia`s Capital.


 


Phnom Penh also presented to the enchanted visitors, the gem of the city: the Royal Palace, a long lay over where the European delegates took the time to admire the Audience room, the palace grounds, the palace gardens, the ballet and concert hall, the administration rooms, the museum of royal regalia and paid respects to the funerary stupa`s of former Kings of Cambodia.


 

A moment of silence was observed for the stupa of the latest king of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanuk, the king who was in the same time: cineaste, prime minister, party leader, king, prince, television and show man and has put his imprint on Cambodia`s XX century story.

 



H.E. Pak Sokhom, Deputy Minister of Tourism warmly welcomes European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation at Phnom Penh Airport.


 

The former capital of XVII to XIX century Cambodia, the city of Udong, has also received the world tourism high delegates, who took time to explore the Buddha Temple, the stupa`s of King Monivong and the ensemble of temples and Buddhist learning institutes on the ground and admired the ample view from Udong mountain.


 

The European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates also attended a host of important meeting with the government staff, with an ample dialogue at Minister of Tourism of Cambodia together with H.E. Minister Dr. Thong Khon.

 


An ample program of exchanges and continuous support was established with specialists from European Council on Tourism and Trade offering expertise for a development master plan, for an eco-system protection area law and to establish a tourism institute and tourism training facilities on the Kingdom in order to meet the ever-increasing needs of tourism and hospitality expertise for the tourism industry of the Kingdom.

 


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, in his capacity of World Ambassador for Natural Protected Areas was also requested to assist the Kingdom in drafting a natural areas and natural parks conservation law at international standards.


 

The meeting, with the able and competent personal of Minister of Tourism was especially a pleasurable one.

 


Dr. Thong Khon, Tourism Minister of Cambodia was specially praised by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for his vision and astute policies and devotion to the country development, under the glowing leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN.

 



Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade is congratulating Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Kingdom of Cambodia for long-standing efforts in promoting the country tourism potential.

 


The most important political moment, in European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia, was the meeting of the delegates headed by H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea with H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo – Dr. HUN SEN.


 

During the leaders conversation, the long history of Cambodia renaissance in XXI century, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN was warmly evoked.


 


Discussing the future of Cambodia and world tourism: leaders of world tourism at the same table: H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and H.E. Minister Thong Khon and their teams.

 


President Anton Caragea remarked that we are in the presence of a historical leader, of a person who rebuild it Cambodia from zero to hero status, and was always a symbol of the country resistance.


 

On 22 June 2016, the official ceremonies of handover of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARD insignia to the highest representative of people and government of Cambodia: H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN has taken place on the venue of Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.


 


Cambodia is FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016 announces H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea.


 

Congratulatory speeches were presented by Minister of Tourism of Cambodia-Dr. Thong Khon, ECTT President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, and European Tourism Academy-Academician Mircea Constantinescu.


 

The official acceptance allocution was delivered, on behalf of people of Cambodia by H.E. Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo- Dr. HUN SEN.

 



Cambodia is entrusted with WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION title for a year.



 

The first part of ceremonies concluded with the official world recognition of Dr. HUN SEN, for his life work for the people of Cambodia and for international community as a WORLD LEADER OF TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT and the official handover of the ACADEMICIAN status regalia to Samdech HUN SEN by the Academician Mircea Constantinescu.


 


A new world leader in tourism and development: H.E. Academician Dr. HUN SEN- Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo-Prime Minister of Cambodia.


 

The second part of the ceremonies dedicated to enfeoffment of Cambodia as FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION IN 2016, took place in the presence of the Royal Government of Cambodia, on 22 June 2016 and offered a magical display of the kingdom bounty of cultural and artistic treasures.


 

Tourism presentation movies, highlighting Cambodia`s unrivalled riches were interspersed with modern music and with universal values dances like: ASPARA dances (UNESCO immaterial heritage), Rice harvest dance, magic flowers dance etc, that put at the fore the riches and plentifulness of Cambodia srok Khmer, Khmer nation potential.

 



APSARA dances for FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION and WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION 2016 awards ceremonies.


 

President Dr. Anton Caragea remarked in his speech that: In our decision to crown the diamond of Asia: Cambodia as World Best Tourist Destination, we did not forget for a moment that we are not encouraging people to go in strange and un-familiar place.

 


No, we are just telling them to discover a people, world-renowned for his hospitality, familiarity and openness to strangers: the Khmer people!

 


They will make you feel that you are rediscovering your home, that you are finding long-lost friends and families, that you are visiting you abode-Cambodia.

 



European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates together with Cambodia`s Minister of Tourism team on the stage of WORLD BEST TOURISM AWARDS ceremony.



 

The visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates offered, to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a perfect occasion to display to the world community the cultural values, the historical patrimony, the traditions and costumes of the Khmer people, placing the country among the nation’s most endowed with a perfect touristic and human potential that must be the base for a future development of Cambodia: The KINGDOM OF WONDERS – WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2016.

 



APSARA dances on the rostrum of WORLD TOURISM AWARDS

 

(Phnom Penh-22 June 2016)

 



ROYAL CAMBODIAN BALET enthralled viewers attending WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION AWARDS for 2016.

 



President Dr. Anton Caragea and Minister Thong Khon are offering congratulations to the outstanding performers on WORLD TOURISM AWARDS show.

 



Prime Minister of Cambodia: Academician HUN SEN, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo and President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 



H.E. Pak Sokhom – Deputy Minister of Tourism takes a photo with actors and singers on the stage of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION for 2016: Kingdom of Cambodia.

 



H.E. Tourism Minister Thong Khong on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016.

 



H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea on the venue of WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION and FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION for 2016.

EUROPE DECIDES TO AWARD TO ETHIOPIA THE STATUS OF WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015

Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM

On the landmark occasion, of the universal proclamation of World Best Tourist Destination for 2015, a top ranking delegation from European Council on Tourism and Trade was invited for a discovery tour of Ethiopia, the receiver of this year most influential tourism designation. 



Ethiopia national anthem for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2015

 


 

The visit took place between 9 to 15 July, 2015 and included an important political and diplomatic dimension, with European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea holding discussions with Minister of Trade-Yaekob Yalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs-Berhane Gebre-Christos and H.E. Amin Abdulkadir – Minister of Culture and Tourism of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and an inclusive and profusely dialogue with Prime Minister of F.D.R. Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.


 



H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea

 


The inclusive dialogue, concentrated on promoting bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation, supporting business people and firms from both regions in cooperating and promoting the exchange of techniques, skills and economic goods.



 


 

Gala dinner for European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) President and his high ranking delegation. (from right to left): Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.



 

On diplomatic arena a cooperation and further developing of honorary consul’s network across the world, was established, with a view to foster tourism, cultural and economic cooperation.

 


Creating a network of Ambassadors for Tourism and Culture, promoting tourism and the image of Ethiopia, where also tabled, based on other successful examples of actions of tourism promotion carved by European Council on Tourism and Trade.

 



H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea proclaimes ETHIOPIA-WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015.

 


On July 10, 2015 European Council on Tourism and Trade President -Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had presented the World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 insignia to Prime Minister of Ethiopia- Academician Hailemariam Desalegn.


 


H.E. ECTT President – Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Minister of Culture and Tourism – Amin Abdulkadir, H.E. Prime Minister – Academician Hailemariam Desalegn, are directing the proceedings for World Tourism Awards Ceremony for 2015.

 

 


The President also presented the main speech of the world tourism ceremony titled: Ethiopia-the land chosen by God!


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European Tourism Academy Director- Academician Mircea Constantinescu, announced also that after receiving the letter destined to World Leaders of Tourism-Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will represent Ethiopia, as the newest honorary members of European Tourism Academy.

 


The ceremony for World Best Tourist Destination for 2015 included also folk dances, Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony and academic presentations, supported by leading figures of Ethiopian cultural establishment.

 




H.E. Prime Minister and Academician Hailemariam Desalegn and European Council on Tourism and Trade President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the center of Ethiopian government and European Council on Tourism and Trade visiting delegation.


 

The ceremony for World Best Tourist Destination in 2015 was live broadcasted and viewed by more than 200 millions viewers and will continued to be presented across Europe for the next year.

 



 

Axum Cathedral: the place of coronation for Emperors of Ethiopia. The last emperor to be crowned here was Haile Selassie I

 


From 10th July, the European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his delegation embarked in a cultural and tourism program visiting Axum-the first capital of Christian Africa and the centre of a world power in 100 to 400 BC that controlled trade across the Read Sea.

 



 

Anton Caragea-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade looking over Axum-the first capital of Ethiopian empire (300 a.Chr.)


 

In Axum, the delegation visit the royal tombs, the Church of the Arch of Covenant, the Saint Mary Imperial Basilica, where the emperors of Ethiopia were crowned.


 

Specially for European delegates, were opened the gates of the imperial museum, containing the priceless treasures of ten Ethiopian emperors from garments, to crown adorned with jewels and the robes used for imperial investiture.

 




 

Dances and flowers: welcoming at Gondar airport, European delegates with Mayor Getinet Amare.

 


From Axum, the old imperial city, the delegation led by President Anton Caragea has being directed to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia from XVII century to XIX century.


 

Here they have a chance to admire the fiery Amharic dances, in a wonderful welcoming ceremony, offered by the local authorities, enjoyed the fabulous gondarine cuisine at famous Four sisters’ restaurant and toured the imperial city.

 



ECTT President touring Gondar Imperial Compound

 

Behind is the the world famous Fasil Ghibli-Palace of Emperor Fasilides.

 


Gondar is also world renamed for his architecture and for housing almost ten emperors, in a period of glory for Abyssinia, as Ethiopia was known in that time.


 

Garnering Portuguese influence, with Indian and English architectural designs, Gondar is nicknamed as African Camelot for his strange, but perfect architecture.

 



Welcoming in Lalibela with flowers and the beautiful children of Ethiopia: Anton Caragea- European Tourism President and European Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei.

 


European Council on Tourism and Trade delegates were received with a religious ceremony in Lalibela, the holiest Christian city in Africa and the second Jerusalem, as in worldly known.


 

More than 5000 pilgrims, priests and deacons, welcomed President Dr. Anton Caragea and offered to him and his delegation, special ceremonial robes, to mark their entrance in the holy city.

 




European Council President Dr. Anton Caragea speking to the people of Lalibela-the capital of Christian Africa.

 


On this occasion, President Anton Caragea held his gratitude speech known as: To The People of Lalibela, a discourse that quickly captured the imagination of the inhabitants of Lalibela.


 

An impressive tour of six of the eleven rock hewn churches was conducted, including the famous grave of Saint Lalibela, the church of Medhane Alem (Our Saviour) and Holy Cross Church.

 



Lalibela is a city greater than words, nothing can prepare you for his atmosphere and nothing can describe it!-President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

 


In the final leg of the trip, European Council on Tourism and Trade President and his party were treated with a wonderful welcoming to the bustling and sunny south of Ethiopia and with his famous Lake District city of Hawassa.

 

The delegates were welcomed to music and a fire display by the head of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State of Ethiopia and enjoyed a tour of Lake Hawassa, a discovery of the city landmarks and a special night show that touched their hearts. 




 The Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia are an internal sea, that can be perfectly used for tourism and leisure.

 


A special surprised was offered by HE. Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia, Amin Abdulkadir, who arranged for ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea delegation a special discovery tour of Harar-the fourth most holy Islamic site.

 



Mihai Prundianu, ECTT Trade Chairman pose for a photo in front of famous Harar landmark-Grand Jami Mosque.


 

The city comprises more than 82 mosques and 4000 saints tombs known in the Islamic world as Medinat Al Awliya- the city of saints and a UNESCO heritage site.

 

The delegates were welcomed with a coffee ceremony and a tour of famous city enclosure, known as Jugal, and a visit to famous French poet Arthur Rimbaud house in Harar.

 



 A short moment of tranquility in a dense schedule: in a famous traditional Gay Ger (house) in Harar.

 


The visit, to extraordinary city of Harar, was the perfect gift for our delegates, appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


 

The European delegation official visit to Ethiopia is a sign of the country inclusive development, political, clout and prominence in Africa and a mark of the country taking the rightful place that is deserved amidst the most cultural and historical developed country in the world, concluded his remarks, President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


For full photos and other images of the visit of European Council on Tourism and Trade delegation to Ethiopia you can access here:

EUCIR STATEMENT: PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV RE-ELECTION WAS FAIR AND SQUARE

Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 

 

ELECTORAL ASSESSMENT ON

 

26 APRIL 2015

 

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

INTRODUCTION


 

According to an official invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan to observe the 26 April 2015 snap presidential election, the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to evaluate the political, judicial, legislative and general framework of the early presidential election from 26 April 2015.

 


The aim of the evaluation process was to assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the presidential election.

 


The evaluation process comprised in legislative text analyses, assessment of general political situation in the country and the conformity with general accepted democratic practices and regulation and with bona fide principles.

 


Taken into account were also: public opinions, statements and discussions expressed by officials from different Kazakhstan institutions and the election and civil administration, as well as official spokespersons from political parties, media outlets, civil society personalities, and the international community.

 

 


GENERAL ASSESSMENT OF LAW PROVISIONS

 

 


According with the law prescriptions the presidential vote will start on 26 April 2015, giving the voters the chance to elect the president for a five-year term.


 

The law encapsulates also the necessary democratic prescriptions for an open and fair electoral process.

 


The April 26, 2015 election will be the fourth consecutive national election called on early bases, a supplementary proof of a democratic and viable electoral system.

 


The laws that are governing the presidential elections are governed by the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

 


The assessment process considered that Kazakhstan is a viable and fully committed party to all major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections and had continuously and full abiding by his international democratic regulations.

 


There have been no changes to the Election Law since the last elections held in 2011, and we have to mention that in 2011 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS had find that the law and regulation governing the electoral process in Kazakhstan are completely corresponding to international laws and regulation insuring a perfect electoral process.

 


The authorities Kazakhstan authorities underlined in all public statements their nation commitment to conduct elections in compliance with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

 


The election will be administered by a complex and modern system of commissions, composed of Central Electoral Commission and including number of 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions for Astana`s and Almaty`s regions, 207 District Election Commissions, and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs).

 


The Central Electoral Commission composition and activity is fully independent and in perfect correspondence with international laws and regulations insuring the independence of electoral and monitoring process.

 


In the list of democratic provisions the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted:

 


The fact that all citizens over 18 years of age have the right to vote, there is a nationwide electronic voter list to identify duplicate entries.

 


Presidential candidates are required to be citizens by birth, at least 40 years old, fluent in the state language, and officially resident in Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.

 


The same recommendation is made on this element as in 2011: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers necessary a general recommendation for all states to include such provisions in their electoral laws insuring a perfect national representations to the highest office of the land.

 


The Election Law guarantees the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate.

 


In the democratic landscape of Kazakhstan, the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted the existence of a powerful independent media, with an impressive number of mass media entities operating in the country.

 


Also a full independent television network is offering a perfect dialogue and information source.

 


The Kazakhstan Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and prohibits censorship.

 


Keeping in mind that no elections can be considered as free and democratic without the presence of international observers the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to support Kazakhstan electoral process and democratic credential by monitoring and observing all stages of the 2015, 26 April Early Presidential Election in Kazakhstan. 

 

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS has monitored the full electoral process, candidate registration, and the campaign, media, and Election Day procedures with an on-site mission between 22-29 April 2015.

 



Turkestan Election Committee

 

 


III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES

 

FACT FINDING

 


Kazakhstan is a fully flagged democratic republic, respecting the equilibrium of powers and balanced distribution of constitutional powers.

 

 


The president is acting in full respect of the democratic system and the country has a long tradition of political process in a democratic manner and with all the guarantees for an inclusive and democratic process.

 


The institutional system is offering a perfect balanced voice to parliamentary and representations system.

 


The 26 April 2015 Early Presidential Election where convened in a perfect transparent and inclusive manner at the request of the highest representative and democratic institution in the country: Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.

 


The decision was upheld fully constitutional and legal based by the Constitutional Council.

 


The democratic initiative for an early presidential election was supported by the Kazakhstan Parliament and, on 25 February, the Kazakhstan President announced the election would be held on 26 April.

 


As we have mentioned previously the next election will be the fourth consecutive national election to be called early.

 


On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stressed the nation’s commitment to conduct a free and fair election in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

 

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the electoral process is fundamental, in law provisions and spirit and in technical consideration perfectly administered, offering a perfect climate and an open and inclusive and in full fairness political discourse resulted in a perfect competitive electoral environment.

 

 


LEGAL FRAMEWORK

 

 


Regarding the previous respect to democratic commitments, the Republic of Kazakhstan has fully respected his international obligations regarding construction of a free electoral consultation.


 

We must note that: European Council on International Relations has made an in-depth analysis of the electoral law and constitutional framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan during 2011 Kazakhstan Presidential elections.

 

 


The focus of this analysis where: the mass media law, the election law, the political laws and the Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan and had operated a surveillance of the measure taken by the Central Electoral Commission in order to insure a free and open election atmosphere.

 

 


The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring commission was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were taken by Government of Kazakhstan.

 

 


The European Union monitoring mission insured also the Election Day supervision, the supervision of counting and tabulation of elections results in a significant and representative number of sections and commissions.

 


The conclusions of the committee findings can be summon up as an endorsement of the law and constitutional provisions of Kazakhstan electoral system.

 

 


In the 26 April 2015 the same principles and laws are applying as in 2011 elections case.

 

 


The primary legal framework for presidential elections includes the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Other relevant laws include the Law on the President, the Law on Political Parties, the Civil Procedures Code, the Criminal Code, the Administrative Offences Code, the Law on Peaceful Assemblies, and various local regulations related to public assemblies. Kazakhstan is a party to major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections

 

 


The president is directly elected by popular vote in a two-round system.

 


To be elected in the first round of voting, a candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast.

 

 

If no candidate reaches the required majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes contest a second round within two months of the first round, in which the candidate who receives the higher number of votes is considered elected.

 

 


A 2007 constitutional amendment reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and exempted the first president – the incumbent President Nazarbayev – from the established limit of two consecutive terms.

 


In 2010, the first president was given the privileged legal status of Kazakhstan’s „Leader of the Nation” according to a parliamentary vote and respecting the constitutional framework, in a fully law abiding manner.

 

 


The incumbent president has been in office since 1991 and had a proven history of respecting the democratic rule of political process and respecting constitutional and legal boundaries. 

 


ELECTION SUPERVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

  


The election will be administered by a four-layer system of election commissions.

The election administration comprises the CEC, 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions of Astana and Almaty (collectively referred to as TECs), 207 District Election Commissions (DECs), and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs) including some 65 polling stations abroad.

 


The Republic of Kazakhstan had acquiesce to the fallowing instrumental accords for up-holding democratic values: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1979 Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 2003 Convention against Corruption, 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,, and the 2002 Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

 


Kazakhstan is also a fully flagged member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, a supplementary proof of the country definitive election of the democratic ways.

 


Membership and submission to all the previously noted agreements and treaty are creating a perfect election environment in accordance with international laws.

 

 


PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY

 

 


The Constitution and electoral law are offering the climate for an inclusive and representative participation in the electoral race: the presidential candidate may be nominated through self-nomination or by a public association, including a political party.


All equally candidates are required to be citizens by birth, to have at least 40 years old, to be fluent in the Kazakh language (a condition to be observed by the Linguistic Commission, an independent body that should provide its conclusions to the Central Electoral Commission who will make the final decision on candidatures), and to be an officially resident of Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.

 


The nomination period that had ended on 15 March 2015 had permitted for three candidates to outline their candidature and obtain at least 93,000 valid signatures equally representing at least two-thirds of the regions as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty.

 


In addition they need to pay an election deposit of 1,060,000 Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) and present tax declarations for themselves and their spouse.

 

The necessary prescriptions for barring from standing for office for persons related to crimes of found guilty of corruption-related crimes or administrative offences have being taken.

 

 

The language test consists of an examination of prospective candidates‟ reading, writing and speaking abilities.

 

 


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan after law provisions: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov, according to a report from the Central Election Commission.

 


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15.

 

According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of 2015, March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.

 


The CEC decided to refuse registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language but failed to provide all the law required documents.

 


The CEC also denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam which is mandatory under the law): self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai Kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.

 


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC approved.

 

 


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25.

 

 


As of 2015 March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.

 

Conclusion: Under the full scrutiny of the democratic process in Kazakhstan, The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.


 

 

Recommendation: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that a higher number of signatures on the candidate’s signature list will be a beneficial addition offering a better selection of serious candidates.

 

 



CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS

 

 


The election campaign starts on 26 March, the day after the end of candidate registration, and lasts until 24 April, when the silence period starts.

 


The Election Law guarantees citizens and public associations the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate. Local authorities are mandated to provide space for the placement of campaign posters on an equal basis and candidates may also post materials on

 


To finance their campaign, the CEC informed that each candidate is entitled to receive a minimum of KZT seven million (some EUR35, 000) from the state budget. In addition, candidates are allowed to use their own funds and accept donations from citizens and organizations, as well as funds from the nominating body, up to a combined total of KZT 577 million.

 


Foreign and anonymous donations are prohibited.

 

 


Candidates are obliged to open dedicated bank accounts for these funds.

The banks should notify the CEC if the spending limits are exceeded. Five days after the announcement of the election results, candidates are obliged to submit a report on their campaign finance to the election administration.

 


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.

 

 


According to the CEC the amount of funding provided to candidates for their election campaigning in the media was calculated based on the existing rates provided by the Committee for Communications, Computerization and Information of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.

 


“Funds in the amount of 5,250,000 tenge ($28,237) are allocated to the candidates for a 15-minute speech.

 


For the 10-minute presentation of the program on the radio each candidate receives 200,000 tenge ($1,075). To publish two printed articles each candidate receives 810,000 tenge ($4,356). Candidates will also receive funds to rent premises for meetings with voters in the amount of 200,000 tenge and another 250,000 tenge ($1,345) to print out campaign materials. Each of the registered candidates will receive 300,000 tenge ($1,613) for travel expenses,” the CEC said.

 

 


Conclusions: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS stated that offering a full financial support and insuring transparency and strict supervision policies are all decisions destined to discouraging money laundry, political corruption and in offering a fare and equal based financial support for all candidates, a fundamental base of democratic elections.

 

 


The Election Law is the main legal source addressing candidate rights to campaign in the media, providing equal access to state-funded airtime and print space, as well as the right to purchase additional airtime and space. Each candidate is entitled to 15 minutes of free airtime on television, 10 minutes of free airtime on radio, and 2 free articles in newspapers. For paid advertisement, all media are obliged to provide the price list of paid advertisements to the CEC, no later than 10 days after the election is announced.

 

 


FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION OBSERVATION

 

 


One of the most important aspects in organizing internationally recognized and valid electoral process is the presence of international and internally accepted monitors.


 

According to Central Electoral Commission a number of 10.000 internal registered observers will by surveying the poll and number of 1.000 international monitors will also insure a country wide supervision of the electoral process.

 


The Kazakhstan Election Law provides for international and citizen observers, as well as authorized representatives of registered candidates.

There is an accreditation procedure and observers are required to present a letter from their nominating organization and their identification documents to the election commission where they will observe the process.

 

We consider that the electoral system is offering the checks and balances necessary to insure a perfect democratic consultation.

 



Voting in Shymkent-26 April 2015

  


PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

  


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS consider that the pre-election period was marked by full transparency, honesty and a calm electoral climate conducive to an all inclusive electoral climate.


 

 

We consider that in the early presidential election (26 April 2015) pre-election campaign Kazakhstan has fulfilled all his legal obligation on holding open, free, and fair and equal opportunity driven elections.

 

 


The conclusion of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

 


As a result on 20th April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to deploy an election mission to follow the Election Day process countrywide, and to supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results.

 


We must also underline that: election commissions at all levels handled technical aspects of the election in a professional manner in the pre-election and election period.

 


Their sessions were openly and transparently monitored by observers and the media.

 



 

Controlling the election list

 


CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTION DAY AND ELECTIONS RESULTS. POLITICAL CONTEXT:

 

 


The political environment in Kazakhstan is characterized by the presence of strong political parties with national scale activities, with genuine pluralism and a vibrant political discourse.


 

NGOs operate in a permissive environment, and after 2015 reform bill that is providing supplementary funding for NGO`S, offering opportunities for personal and institutional development and improving the sphere of activity for all NGO`s bodies, in such a manner that they can fulfil their role in providing quality services for Kazakhstani citizens.

 


Kazakhstan is enjoying a system that is open and full of liberty and the reform on NGO`s field has allowed Kazakhstan to obtain high quality services from the area of civil society.

 



 

Voting on the Election Day-Almaty

 

 

ELECTION DAY

 

Election Day was calm, with no obstacle in the voting process and open to all electors in a transparent manner and a turnout of almost 95 per cent was reported.


 

OPENING OF POLLING STATION AND VOTING

 

 


Opening procedures were assessed positively in most polling stations visited.


 

The voting was done in a normal manner, no signs of forced presence, mass presence or suspicious persons or any control of voters where not observed.

 


The lack of any coercion in electoral activities was clearly marked.

 


No electoral tourism or mass migration of electors from one electoral station to another was registered.

 


There where also some shortcomings as: voters who did not know how to act on electoral sections, the lack of proper instructions in the management of the electoral process were also registered in some cases.

 

 



 

Voting in Uzbek Minority zone-Sauran (Shymkent-South Kazakhstan region)

 


COUNTING

 

The international observers appreciated that the counting was done in an orderly, open and transparent manner, allowing for the viewing and registration of each vote; no staffing of urns was reported.

 

 

Some minor glitches where reported as: lack of information regarding the opening and manipulation of mobile urns, lack of clear procedures regarding annulled votes.


 

The overall climate of the counting process was an open and transparent one.

 

 



 

Opening the urns and counting the votes

 

 


TABULATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF RESULTS

 

 


The tabulation process throughout the whole country was transparent in compliance with the Kazakhstan international assumed obligations of Copenhagen Document prescribing that the results will be: “counted and reported honestly”


 

 

FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON ELECTORAL RESULTS OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ON 26 APRIL 2015

 

 


In the final conclusions of the observation and monitoring activities opened on the territory of Republic of Kazakhstan between 22-29 April 2015 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided:


 

 

The pre-election period and campaign was characterized by a free and open legislation, encompassing all the necessary legal and constitutional procedures granting any Kazakhstan society member the right to partake on the election, to present and promote his candidature and to have the opportunity to express his views and vote.

 


The campaign climate was peaceful, open with no pressures upon the voters, with anti-money laundry provision insuring an equal opportunity climate for all the candidates.

 

 


The Election Day activities where conducted in a transparent manner, without pressure or state authorities’ intervention in a manner conducive to allowing the free expression of the Kazakh people.

 

 


The Early Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan held on 26 April 2015 where assessed by “1026 representatives of foreign states, international organizations and foreign media,” according to Kazakhstan’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) .

 


Additionally a number of 10.000 internal observers where deployed at all polling stations in the country offering the necessary checks and balances for an democratic electoral process.

 

 


In conclusion we appreciate that the vote of 26 April 2015 has expressed in a democratic manner the views and the decision of Kazakhstan people and the electoral process was clearly transparent, open, all inclusive and genuine democratic in nature and organization.

 

 


ANNEXED DOCUMENTS

 

FINAL ELECTION RESULT ON PROVINCES OF KAZAKHSTAN REPORT

 


On the results of early elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015


 

 

April 26, 2015 held a special election of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

The voter turnout was 95.22%.

 

On the basis of the protocols of oblast, Astana and Almaty election commissions on the results of the counting of votes at the extraordinary elections of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2015, the Central Election Commission It reports that voter lists for a single national constituency included 9,547,864 people, of whom took part in the vote 9,090,920 people, or 95.21 percent. Outside the polling voted 152,016 voters.

 

Candidates for the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan ran for 3 people.

 

In voting the candidates for President of the Republic of Kazakhstan gained the following number of votes: Akmola oblast:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 449 votes or 0.10 percent of voters who took part in voting;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 438,917 votes, or 98.42 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 6,600 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In the Aktobe region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1906 votes or 0.44 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 420,824 votes, or 97.60 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 8,450 votes or 1.96 percent of voters who participated in voting;

 

Almaty region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1951 votes or 0.21 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 919,096 votes, or 98.94 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7896 votes, or 0.85 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

The Atyrau region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1,736 votes or 0.60 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 284,215 votes, or 98.22 per cent of voters who took voting;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 3406 votes or 1.18 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

On the East Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 4,559 votes or 0.55 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 810,754 votes, or 98.37 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 8,875 votes or 1.08 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In Zhambyl region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,167 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 492,148 votes, or 97.90 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7390 votes or 1.47 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

On the West Kazakhstan:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 2,741 votes or 0.71 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 378,819 votes, or 98.13 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4,478 votes or 1, 16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In Karaganda region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 8,480 votes or 1.07 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 779 191 votes or 98, 30 per cent of voters who took part in voting;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4,995 votes or 0.63 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In Kostanai region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 5,050 votes or 0.97 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 507,806 votes or 97.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 7,704 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Kyzylorda oblast:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,465 votes or 0.90 percent of the vote, who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 378,443 votes or 98.10 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 3864 votes, or 1.0 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Mangistau region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 707 votes or 0.24 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 287,279 votes, or 97.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 6538 votes or 2.22 percent of voters who took participate in the vote;

 

In Pavlodar region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 3,060 votes or 0.70 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 429,994 votes, or 98.35 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4153 votes or 0.95 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In the North-Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1878 votes or 0.51 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 362,068 votes or 98.33 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4271 votes or 1.16 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

The South-Kazakhstan region:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 5242 votes or 0.43 percent of voters who participated voting;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 1207826 votes, or 98.40 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 14,361 votes or 1.17 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In the city of Astana:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 1331 votes or 0.34 percent of voters, who took part in the voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 385,715 votes, or 98.54 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 4384 votes or 1.12 percent of voters who took part in voting;

 

In Almaty:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 11,996 votes or 1.48 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 750,155 votes, or 92.55 per cent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 48391 votes or 5.97 percent of voters, who took part in the vote,

 

In the Republic of Kazakhstan:

 

Kusainov Abelgazi Kaliakparovich – 57,718 votes or 0.64 percent of voters, who participated in voting,

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev – 8,833,250 votes, or 97.75 percent of the vote who took part in the vote;

 

Syzdykov Turgun Iskakovich – 145,756 votes or 1.61 percent of voters who took part in the vote;

 

In accordance with Article 65 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 28 September 1995 “On elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan” is considered to be elected President of the Republic Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, born 1940, Kazakh, and member of the party “Nur Otan”, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, lives in Astana.

 

 

Source: Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

 


FINAL ELECTION RESULTS ON THE COUNTRY LEVEL

 

 

Candidate

 

Party

 

Votes

 

%

 

Nursultan Nazarbayev

 

Nur Otan

 

8,833,250

 

97.75

 

Turgun Syzdykov

 

Communist People’s Party

 

145,756

 

1.61

 

Abelgazi Kusainov

 

Independent

 

57,718

 

0.64

 

Invalid/blank votes

 

54,196

 

 

Total

 

9,090,920

 

100

 

Registered voters/turnout

 

9,547,864

 

95.21

 

Source: CEC

 

 

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EUROPE EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2015

Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

 

 

 

 

PRELIMINARY REPORT (pre-election) REGARDING

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

I. INTRODUCTION.................................................................................... 3

 

II. GENERAL ASSESSMENT.............................................................................................4

 

III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES ................................................... 7

 

A. FACT ANALYSES................................................................................. 7

B. LEGAL FRAMEWORK......................................................................... 8

C. ELECTION SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION.................................................................................. 10

D. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY................................................................................................. 11

E. CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS.............................................. 13

 

IV FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON

PRELIMINARY ELECTION OBSERVATION........................................ 15

A. PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS ON EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN KAZAKHSTAN.......................................................16

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

 

PRELIMINARY REPORT (pre-election) REGARDING

SNAP PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

 


I. INTRODUCTION


According to an official invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan to observe the 26 April 2015 snap presidential election, the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to evaluate the political, judicial, legislative and general framework of the early presidential election from 26 April 2015.

The aim of the evaluation process was to assess the pre-election environment and the preparations for the presidential election.

The evaluation process comprised in legislative text analyses, assessment of general political situation in the country and the conformity with general accepted democratic practices and regulation and with bona fide principles.

Taken into account were also: public opinions, statements and discussions expressed by officials from different Kazakhstan institutions and the election and civil administration, as well as official spokespersons from political parties, media outlets, civil society personalities, and the international community.


 

 

II. GENERAL ASSESSMENT

 


According with the law prescriptions the presidential vote will start on 26 April 2015, giving the voters the chance to elect the president for a five-year term.


The law encapsulates also the necessary democratic prescriptions for an open and fair electoral process.


The April 26, 2015 election will be the fourth consecutive national election called on early bases, a supplementary proof of a democratic and viable electoral system.

The laws that are governing the presidential elections are governed by the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC).


The assessment process considered that Kazakhstan is a viable and fully committed party to all major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections and had continuously and full abiding by his international democratic regulations.


There have been no changes to the Election Law since the last elections held in 2011, and we have to mention that in 2011 the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS had find that the law and regulation governing the electoral process in Kazakhstan are completely corresponding to international laws and regulation insuring a perfect electoral process.


The authorities Kazakhstan authorities underlined in all public statements their nation commitment to conduct elections in compliance with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

The election will be administered by a complex and modern system of commissions, composed of Central Electoral Commission and including number of 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions for Astana`s and Almaty`s regions, 207 District Election Commissions, and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs).


The Central Electoral Commission composition and activity is fully independent and in perfect correspondence with international laws and regulations insuring the independence of electoral and monitoring process.


In the list of democratic provisions the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted:

The fact that all citizens over 18 years of age have the right to vote, there is a nationwide electronic voter list to identify duplicate entries.

Presidential candidates are required to be citizens by birth, at least 40 years old, fluent in the state language, and officially resident in Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The same recommendation is made on this element as in 2011: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers necessary a general recommendation for all states to include such provisions in their electoral laws insuring a perfect national representations to the highest office of the land.


The Election Law guarantees the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate.


In the democratic landscape of Kazakhstan, the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS noted the existence of a powerful independent media, with an impressive number of mass media entities operating in the country.


Also a full independent television network is offering a perfect dialogue and information source.


The Kazakhstan Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and prohibits censorship.


Keeping in mind that no elections can be considered as free and democratic without the presence of international observers the Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS decided to support Kazakhstan electoral process and democratic credential by monitoring and observing all stages of the 2015, 26 April Early Presidential Election in Kazakhstan.

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS will monitor the full electoral process, candidate registration, and the campaign, media, and Election Day procedures.

 

 


III. ELECTION CLIMATE ANALYSES

 


A. FACT FINDING


Kazakhstan is a fully flagged democratic republic, respecting the equilibrium of powers and balanced distribution of constitutional powers. The president is acting in full respect of the democratic system and the country has a long tradition of political process in a democratic manner and with all the guarantees for an inclusive and democratic process.

The institutional system is offering a perfect balanced voice to parliamentary and representations system.

The 26 April 2015 Early Presidential Election where convened in a perfect transparent and inclusive manner at the request of the highest representative and democratic institution in the country: Assembly of Peoples of Kazakhstan.

The decision was upheld fully constitutional and legal based by the Constitutional Council.


The democratic initiative for an early presidential election was supported by the Kazakhstan Parliament and, on 25 February, the Kazakhstan President announced the election would be held on 26 April.


As we have mentioned previously the next election will be the fourth consecutive national election to be called early.


On 27 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stressed the nation’s commitment to conduct a free and fair election in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fairness.

The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the electoral process is fundamental, in law provisions and spirit and in technical consideration perfectly administered, offering a perfect climate and an open and inclusive and in full fairness political discourse resulted in a perfect competitive electoral environment.

 


B. LEGAL FRAMEWORK


Regarding the previous respect to democratic commitments, the Republic of Kazakhstan has fully respected his international obligations regarding construction of a free electoral consultation.

We must note that: European Council on International Relations has made an in-depth analysis of the electoral law and constitutional framework of the Republic of Kazakhstan during 2011 Kazakhstan Presidential elections.

 


The focus of this analysis where: the mass media law, the election law, the political laws and the Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan and had operated a surveillance of the measure taken by the Central Electoral Commission in order to insure a free and open election atmosphere.


The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring commission was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were taken by Government of Kazakhstan.


The European Union monitoring mission insured also the Election Day supervision, the supervision of counting and tabulation of elections results in a significant and representative number of sections and commissions.


The conclusions of the committee findings can be summon up as an endorsement of the law and constitutional provisions of Kazakhstan electoral system.


In the 26 April 2015 the same principles and laws are applying as in 2011 elections case.

The primary legal framework for presidential elections includes the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on Elections (Election Law), and regulations of the Central Election Commission (CEC). Other relevant laws include the Law on the President, the Law on Political Parties, the Civil Procedures Code, the Criminal Code, the Administrative Offences Code, the Law on Peaceful Assemblies, and various local regulations related to public assemblies. Kazakhstan is a party to major international and regional instruments related to the holding of democratic elections


The president is directly elected by popular vote in a two-round system. To be elected in the first round of voting, a candidate must receive more than half of all votes cast. If no candidate reaches the required majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes contest a second round within two months of the first round, in which the candidate who receives the higher number of votes is considered elected. A 2007 constitutional amendment reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and exempted the first president – the incumbent President Nazarbayev – from the established limit of two consecutive terms.


In 2010, the first president was given the privileged legal status of Kazakhstan’s „Leader of the Nation” according to a parliamentary vote and respecting the constitutional framework, in a fully law abiding manner.


The incumbent president has been in office since 1991 and had a proven history of respecting the democratic rule of political process and respecting constitutional and legal boundaries.

 


C. ELECTION SUPERVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

 


The election will be administered by a four-layer system of election commissions. The election administration comprises the CEC, 14 Territorial Election Commissions and the City Election Commissions of Astana and Almaty (collectively referred to as TECs), 207 District Election Commissions (DECs), and more than 9,000 Local Election Commissions (LECs) including some 65 polling stations abroad.


The Republic of Kazakhstan had acquiesce to the fallowing instrumental accords for up-holding democratic values: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1979 Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 2003 Convention against Corruption, 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,, and the 2002 Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Kazakhstan is also a fully flagged member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, a supplementary proof of the country definitive election of the democratic ways.


Membership and submission to all the previously noted agreements and treaty are creating a perfect election environment in accordance with international laws.

 


D. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATE NOMINATION AND REGISTRY


The Constitution and electoral law are offering the climate for an inclusive and representative participation in the electoral race: the presidential candidate may be nominated through self-nomination or by a public association, including a political party. All equally candidates are required to be citizens by birth, to have at least 40 years old, to be fluent in the Kazakh language (a condition to be observed by the Linguistic Commission, an independent body that should provide its conclusions to the Central Electoral Commission who will make the final decision on candidatures), and to be an officially resident of Kazakhstan for at least 15 years.


The nomination period that had ended on 15 March 2015 had permitted for three candidates to outline their candidature and obtain at least 93,000 valid signatures equally representing at least two-thirds of the regions as well as the cities of Astana and Almaty.


In addition they need to pay an election deposit of 1,060,000 Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) and present tax declarations for themselves and their spouse.


The necessary prescriptions for barring from standing for office for persons related to crimes of found guilty of corruption-related crimes or administrative offences have being taken.


The language test consists of an examination of prospective candidates‟ reading, writing and speaking abilities.


Three candidates will run in the upcoming early presidential elections in Kazakhstan after law provisions: the incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov, according to a report from the Central Election Commission.


The time for submission of applications for participation in the presidential election in Kazakhstan ended on March 15.


According to the CEC secretary Bakhyt Meldeshov, as of 2015, March 16, the CEC got 27 applications.


The CEC decided to refuse registration to Limana Koishiyeva, Kanat Turageldiyev, Zharylkap Kalybai and Khasen Kozha-Akhmet, who all successfully passed the Kazakh language but failed to provide all the law required documents.

The CEC also denied registration to six candidates for the presidency of Kazakhstan for failing to appear for the Kazakh language exam which is mandatory under the law): self-nominees Yakobzhan Dzhunisbekov, Kairat Maishev, Aigul Utepova, Kanat Yeszhanov, Amantai Kazhy and Birzhan Dilmagambetov.


Mels Yeleusizov, Zhaksybai Bazilbayev and Mukhamedrakhim Kursabayev withdrew their candidacies on their own, a move the CEC approved.


The registration of candidates came to an end on March 25.


As of 2015 March 26, three candidates have the right to proceed with the election campaigning: Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turgun Syzdykov and Abelgazi Kusainov.


Conclusion: Under the full scrutiny of the democratic process in Kazakhstan, The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.


Recommendation: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that a higher number of signatures on the candidate’s signature list will be a beneficial addition offering a better selection of serious candidates.

 

 


E. CAMPAIGN AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

ANTI MONEY LAUNDRY PROVISIONS

 


The election campaign starts on 26 March, the day after the end of candidate registration, and lasts until 24 April, when the silence period starts.


The Election Law guarantees citizens and public associations the right to conduct an unimpeded campaign for or against any candidate. Local authorities are mandated to provide space for the placement of campaign posters on an equal basis and candidates may also post materials on


To finance their campaign, the CEC informed that each candidate is entitled to receive a minimum of KZT seven million (some EUR35,000) from the state budget. In addition, candidates are allowed to use their own funds and accept donations from citizens and organizations, as well as funds from the nominating body, up to a combined total of KZT 577 million.7


Foreign and anonymous donations are prohibited. Candidates are obliged to open dedicated bank accounts for these funds. The banks should notify the CEC if the spending limits are exceeded. Five days after the announcement of the election results, candidates are obliged to submit a report on their campaign finance to the election administration.


The CEC adopted a resolution on the campaign expenditures to be covered from the state budget. Each candidate is provided with funds for a fifteen minutes speech on TV, a ten-minute speech on the radio, as well as to publish two articles in printed newspapers.


According to the CEC the amount of funding provided to candidates for their election campaigning in the media was calculated based on the existing rates provided by the Committee for Communications, Computerization and Information of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.


“Funds in the amount of 5,250,000 tenge ($28,237) are allocated to the candidates for a 15-minute speech.


For the 10-minute presentation of the program on the radio each candidate receives 200,000 tenge ($1,075). To publish two printed articles each candidate receives 810,000 tenge ($4,356). Candidates will also receive funds to rent premises for meetings with voters in the amount of 200,000 tenge and another 250,000 tenge ($1,345) to print out campaign materials. Each of the registered candidates will receive 300,000 tenge ($1,613) for travel expenses,” the CEC said.


Conclusions: The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS stated that offering a full financial support and insuring transparency and strict supervision policies are all decisions destined to discouraging money laundry, political corruption and in offering a fare and equal based financial support for all candidates, a fundamental base of democratic elections.


The Election Law is the main legal source addressing candidate rights to campaign in the media, providing equal access to state-funded airtime and print space, as well as the right to purchase additional airtime and space. Each candidate is entitled to 15 minutes of free airtime on television, 10 minutes of free airtime on radio, and 2 free articles in newspapers. For paid advertisement, all media are obliged to provide the price list of paid advertisements to the CEC, no later than 10 days after the election is announced.

 

 


IV. FINAL CONCLUSIONS ON PRELIMINARY ELECTION OBSERVATION


One of the most important aspects in organizing internationally recognized and valid electoral process is the presence of international and internally accepted monitors.


According to Central Electoral Commission a number of 10.000 internal registered observers will by surveying the poll and number of 1.000 international monitors will also insure a country wide supervision of the electoral process.


The Kazakhstan Election Law provides for international and citizen observers, as well as authorized representatives of registered candidates. There is an accreditation procedure and observers are required to present a letter from their nominating organization and their identification documents to the election commission where they will observe the process.


We consider that the electoral system is offering the checks and balances necessary to insure a perfect democratic consultation.

 

 


A. PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS ON EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN KAZAKHSTAN

 


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS considers that can offer the assistance and to support the deployment of an Election Observation Mission for the upcoming early presidential election (26 April 2015) as Kazakhstan has fulfilled all his legal obligation on holding open, free, fair and equal opportunity driven elections.


The conclusion of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS monitoring Committee was that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


The Election Monitoring Committee of EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS will follow the Election Day process countrywide, and will supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results.

 

 

EUROPE`S LAUNCH A SPECIAL INFORMATION SITE PROMOTING KAZAKHSTAN DEMOCRATIC MODEL

Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Europe is determined to promote the values of fairness, open society, free and fair elections and democratic developments by using the example of countries with a positive track record on democratic evolutions like Kazakhstan.


To this aim it was published a new version of the website: DEMOCRATIC KAZAKHSTAN. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2015.


In 2011, with the support of European organizations and European Council on International Relations, a first version of the site was dedicated to the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2011, in support of democratic development of Kazakhstan.


The informational site is destined to offer to political analysis, experts, electoral experts a valid insight in the democratic process taking hold in Kazakhstan.


In this moment no real and trust wordy organization is involved in presenting the valid analysis on the strong democratic process created by Kazakhstan and the information available is on the junk category, considers on a rightful base the Kazakh News Agency-inform.kz.


This lack of serious information’s must be addressed with new and perfect directed info.


The http://kazakhstan-elections.webs.com/apps/blog/ accumulates several services including: international ad national news, discussion, videos and related information’s.


On April 20, 2015 the website will unveil the first international pre-election monitoring report on Kazakhstan Presidential Elections 2015 and the website will also offer to the readers a final report and analysis on Kazakhstan Presidential Election 2015.