Kazakhstan Presidential Elections, 2011

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  • January 31, 2011: Constitutional court rules against a proposed referendum on extending the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and calls for early elections. Nazarbayev did not opt to challenge the court verdict and said he will follow the will of the people. Kazakhstan originally was to go for elections in 2012.
  • February 4, 2011: President Nursultan Nazarbayev calls for a snap presidential elections on April 3, 2011 ending his term about 20 months before it was due to expire. The Kazakh opposition has already stated the readiness to nominate a single candidate to oppose Nazarbayev in the early elections.
  • February 19, 2011: Central Election Commission says Tolybai Baimurzin fails registration for presidential elections after making 52 grammatical mistakes Kazakh-language test.
  • March 1, 2011: President Nursultan Nazarbayev says he will not hold official pre-election campaign activities.