2019 Kazakh presidential election

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2019 Kazakh presidential election

← 2015 9 June 2019
  Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (2019-05-29).jpg
Nominee Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Amirjan Qosanov
Party Nur Otan Ult Tagdyry
Popular vote 6,539,715 1,495,401
Percentage 70.96% 16.23%

Қазақстан Президентін сайлау нәтижесінің өңірлік қатынасы.png
Map of results of the Kazakh presidential election of June 9, 2019 by electoral districts

President before election

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Nur Otan

Elected President

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Nur Otan

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Early presidential elections were held in Kazakhstan on 9 June 2019 following the resignation of long-term president Nursultan Nazarbayev.[1] Seven candidates were registered to participate in the elections, including incumbent president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who had assumed the presidency three months before the elections following the resignation of Nazarbayev. Tokayev was subsequently re-elected with 71% of the vote. His closest challenger, Amirjan Qosanov of the Ult Tagdyry party, received 16%.

On June 12, Tokayev took the oath of office during a ceremony at the Palace of Independence in the capital, Nur-Sultan.[2]


Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected for a fifth term as president in the 2015 elections. He was widely expected to run again in 2020, but resigned in March 2019, stating that Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev would take over as president for the remainder of his 2015–2020 term.[3] However, in April Tokayev announced that early elections would be held in June to avoid "political uncertainty".[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Kazakhstan is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates.[4]


Nine candidates applied to the Central Electoral Commission to contest the elections. A record seven were registered to run, whilst one candidate withdrew and one was disqualified for not possessing sufficient knowledge of the Kazakh language.[5]

Registered candidates[edit]

political party
Political offices Registration date
Jambyl Ahmetbekov
Communist People's Party
Zhambyl Akhmetbekov 2011.jpg Member of the Mazhilis
6 May 2019[6]
Dania Espaeva
Ak Zhol
Gray - replace this image female.svg Member of the Mazhilis
4 May 2019[7]
Amirjan Qosanov
Ult Tagdyry
Amirzhan Kosanov.jpg Journalist 6 May 2019[8]
Toleutai Rahymbekov
Gray - replace this image male.svg Chairman of the Board of the
National Agrarian Scientific and Educational Center
6 May 2019[9]
Amangeldi Taspihov
Federation of Trade Unions
of Kazakhstan
Gray - replace this image male.svg Chairman of the Territorial Association
of Trade Unions of West Kazakhstan Region

Member of the Mazhilis
4 May 2019[10]
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Nur Otan
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (2019-04-03) 04.jpg President of Kazakhstan
Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan
(2007–2011 and 2013–2019)
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
3 May 2019[11]
Sadybek Tugel
Uly Dala Kyrandary
Gray - replace this image male.svg First Vice President of the
Association of National Sports of Kazakhstan

President of the
Equestrian Federation of Kazakhstan
3 May 2019[12]

Unsuccessful nominees[edit]


Tokayev was mocked on social media for the overuse of modification of his official photos, erasing his wrinkles and double chin.[17][18][19]

Preliminary results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Nur Otan 6,539,715 70.96
Amirjan Qosanov Ult Tagdyry 1,495,401 16.23
Dania Yespayeva Ak Zhol 465,714 5.05
Toleutai Rakhimbekov Auyl 280,451 3.04
Amangeldy Taspikhov Federation of Trade Unions 182,898 1.98
Jambyl Ahmetbekov Communist People's Party 167,849 1.82
Sadybek Tugel Uly Dala Kyrandary 84,582 0.92
Invalid/blank votes 57,500
Total 9,274,110 100
Registered voters/turnout 11,960,364 77.54
Source: CEC


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  2. ^ Toqaev Inaugurated As Kazakh President Amid Protests
  3. ^ Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades Archived 2019-03-19 at the Wayback Machine BBC News, 19 March 2019
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