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Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan 

(excerpts)

 

Section I.
General Provisions


Article 1
1. The Republic of Kazakhstan proclaims itself a democratic, secular, legal and social state whose highest values
are an individual, his life, rights and freedoms.
2. The fundamental principles of the activity of the Republic are public concord and political stability; economic
development for the benefit of all the nation; Kazakhstan patriotism and resolution of the most important issues
of the affairs of state by democratic methods including voting at an all­nation referendum or in the Parliament.

Article 3
1. The people shall be the only source of state power.
2. The people shall exercise power directly through an all­nation referendum and free elections as well as delegate
the execution of their power to state institutions.

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Article 33
1. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall have the right to participate in the government of the state’s affairs
directly and through their representatives, to address personally as well as to direct individual and collective
appeals to public and local self­administrative bodies.
2. Citizens of the Republic shall have the right to elect and be elected into public and local self­administrations
as well as to participate in an all­nation referendum.
3. The right to elect and be elected, to participate in the all­nation referendum shall not extend to the citizens
judged incapable by a court as well as those held in places of confinement on a court’s sentence.
4. Citizens of the Republic shall have the equal right to serve in a public office. The requirements for candidates
for public offices shall be conditioned only by the character of the office duties and shall be established by law.

Article 44
1. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall:
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10) adopt a resolution on conducting the all­nation referendum;
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Article 72
1. The Constitutional Council by appeal of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the chairperson of the
Senate, the Chairperson of Majilis, not less than one­fifth of the total number of deputies of Parliament, the Prime
Minister shall:
1) decide on the correctness of conducting the elections of the President of the Republic, deputies of Parliament,
and conducting an all­nation referendum in case of dispute;
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