OSCE Permanent Council No. 594
EU Statement on the Final report by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan on December 4, 2005
- The EU welcomes the Final report by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan on December 4, 2005 and would like to thank ODIHR for its comprehensive work and the quality of the report.
- Overall, the Final report confirms the Preliminary Findings and Conclusions issued on December 5, 2005, i.e. that there was some improvement in the preparation and administration of this election. However, the election did not meet a number of OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections. The EU has already expressed its disappointment with this fact. At the same time, we are pleased with the openness demonstrated by the Kazakh authorities to international observation.
- The Final report contains a number of detailed recommendations: Comprehensive implementation of these would help bring Kazakhstan more fully in line with its OSCE commitments in the field of elections. The EU therefore invites Kazakhstan to address seriously and follow up on these recommendations, as well as previous election-related recommendations from ODIHR. The EU notes that a number of the recommendations deal with issues of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and calls on Kazakhstan to give particular attention to implementing these.
- As the OSCE/ODIHR has stated, it stands ready to further support the efforts of the authorities and civil society of Kazakhstan in this regard. The EU is pleased that an ODIHR follow-up visit to Kazakhstan has been scheduled and hopes that this will be a further step in the ongoing dialogue and cooperation between Kazakhstan and the ODIHR. The EU, too, stands ready to offer its assistance in cooperation with the OSCE.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, EFTA country Iceland a member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
*Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process