Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed on May 25 three laws that are expected to improve the country’s political processes, the press service of the Presidential Palace Akorda has said.
The first one is the law on peaceful rallies. The law approved the notification procedure for holding peaceful rallies; the organisers do not need to obtain permission to hold them, it is enough to notify the akimat (City Hall). However, if necessary, the City Halls may offer the organiser other conditions for the rally, but not cancel the peaceful rally.
Specialized passes for peaceful rallies will be determined by City Halls. Moreover, these should be places in the central parts of cities and villages. In addition, Kazakhstan can hold solo pickets anywhere, including at government buildings now, the press service said. Previously this was strictly prohibited
The law shortens the list of information that the organiser must indicate in the notification. The deadline for notifying of a meeting, rally or picket was reduced to five business days from 15 proposed by the government. The period during which local authorities must respond to a notification has been reduced from ten to three business days, the press service said.
The deadline for submitting an application for approval of a demonstration or procession has been reduced from 15 to ten working days, and the time for its consideration is from ten to seven working days.
In addition, these laws exclude prohibitions and obligations restricting journalists. Media representatives are not required to provide photo and video materials about rallies for government departments.
Two more laws are on elections and political parties in Kazakhstan.
The adoption of these laws provides for the creation of a high-quality party system, lowering the threshold for registering political parties from 40,000 to 20,000 party members, as well as 30% of the quota for women and youth (until 29 years old) in the parliament of the country, the press service said.