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The Senators Adopted the Law to Reduce Registration Barrier to Establish Political Parties

21.05.2020 604

A meeting of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held chaired by the Speaker of the Chamber Maulen Ashimbayev.

As proposed by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in accordance with the Constitution and the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On the Judicial System and the Status of Judges of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the judges of the Supreme Court Bauyrzhan Zhumagulov and Askar Smailov were released from their positions by the senators due to their appointment to another position.

The senators adopted the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Amendments to the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘On Elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan’ and the Law On Amendments to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘On Political Parties’.

The Senate Speaker noted the importance of the adopted laws in terms of democratization and strengthening of the social and political system of Kazakhstan.

“The laws adopted today at the initiative of the Head of State are important for the country. The procedures for establishing political parties have been simplified significantly. A registration barrier has been reduced. This will certainly have a positive impact on the development of a multi-party system. A 30-percent quota for women and youth has also been determined to provide extra opportunities for their active participation in the country’s social and political life. These changes should be seen as a certain step along the path of democratic development and a contribution to the process of further improving the political system of the country,” Maulen Ashimbayev said.

According to the Chairperson of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Judicial System and Law Enforcement Agencies Vladimir Volkov, the main objectives of the documents are to reduce the registration barrier for establishing political parties from 40,000 to 20,000 party members and a quota of at least 30% determined for people under 29 years old and women from the total number of persons included in the list for registration of candidates for deputies of the Mazhilis and Maslikhat from the same political party.

In addition, the Law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning Restricted and Limited Areas at the Arsenals, Bases and Warehouses of the Armed Forces, Other Troops and Military Units was considered and adopted at the meeting in two readings.

The bill initiated by the deputies of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan is intended to improve legislation in safety and security of operation of the arsenals, bases and warehouses of the Armed Forces, other troops and military units, defend the population in case of a potential emergency in the ammunition storage.

The bill introduces amendments to a number of legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, according to which the territory of arsenals, bases and warehouses of the Armed Forces, other troops and military units will be assigned to the areas with special conditions for the use of land. The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is vested with the right to approve the list of restricted and limited areas and the rules for their establishment, and the Akimats of regions, cities of republican significance, the capital city are authorized to coordinate their borders and locations with relevant state authorities. It is forbidden to construct any buildings or facilities, conduct economic or other activities unrelated to the direct operation of arsenals, bases and warehouses or use the surveillance, photography, audio and video recording systems and facilities within the restricted area.

“In the course of work, we – deputies – saw that there were a number of shortcomings and problems regarding the establishment of restricted and limited areas at arsenals, bases and warehouses for ammunition storage. These shortcomings were revealed during the well-known incident in Arys,” Nurzhan Nursipatov said.

The senator focused on the safety and security of people, buildings and facilities within the territories adjacent to arsenals, bases and warehouses, which were not fully resolved, the low level of coordination of actions between the state and local executive authorities to ensure the safety of ammunition storage. In addition, there were facts of illegal construction of buildings and facilities found near the ammunition depots.

The Chamber deputies also ratified the Agreement on the Mechanism of Traceability for the Goods Imported into the Customs Territory of the Eurasian Economic Union. The document is intended to establish conditions to avoid the use of various schemes of evasion of customs duties and tax payments, confirm the legality of the circulation of goods when moving from the territory of one member state of the Eurasian Economic Union to another and ensure monitoring of operations related to the circulation of goods.

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