Spelling test for president

Language>> Presidential Election • Kazakhstan

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageKazakhstan’s election commission believes that candidates for the presidential election, scheduled for April, need to brush up their knowledge of the Kazakh language.

The commission’s head Quandyq Turghanqulov said the mandatory Kazakh language test for the candidates would be made stricter.

Candidates would be tested for their reading, writing and oratory skills. Currently, presidential candidates are allowed to make three spelling mistakes and two stylistic errors. Under the new rules, candidates would be allowed just one spelling or stylistic error.

Kazakh opposition parties say they don’t have time to prepare for the polls and the new test will put them in a more disadvantageous position against current president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is seeking re-election.

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