Kazakhstan’s incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, won about 95 percent of the vote in Sunday’s snap presidential election, according to two exit polls.
The Association of Sociologists and Political Scientists (ASIP) poll gives Nazarbayev 94.82 percent, followed by Patriots Party Senator Gani Kasimov 2.17 percent, Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan candidate Zhambyl Ahmetbekov 1.57 percent, and Tabigat environmental group leader Mels Eleusizov 1.44 percent.
About 110,000 people were surveyed, or around 1.2 percent of voters. A second poll, of 50,000 people at 333 polling stations by the Democracy Institute, gave Nazarbayev 95.1 percent of the vote.
Election observers reported no major violations on polling day, although it was noted that Nazarbayev’s campaign was far more prom…