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Schoolchildren in torment
Aliya Ayazbayeva (Almaty)
Almaty August 19, 2007. Sunday. 7 am.

My friend and I are making our favorite morning run. My friend is a smart girl, burdened by a whole host of moral principles. Former marketer. Once he realized that he was engaged in "the science of how to deceive people so that they bought goods," turned into a school teacher. Now teaches math. However, this activity is not satisfied. And not only because the efficiency of the profession has increased inversely with the salary. It turned out that the school teacher, besides his state-paid duties — to conduct lessons, was loaded with an impressive load of duties not paid. Hard, unskilled, not creative work. Such, for example, how Almaty teachers were busy during the elections to the Majilis (the lower house of Parliament) and Maslikhat (the local self-government body).

- How was your day yesterday? - I am interested, more likely out of politeness, knowing that my friend worked at the polling station in school as an operator of electronic voting.

- Fed well and for free. I couldn’t refuse myself and ate all the offered manty, meatballs and Russian salad. So, if the elections every day - die from gluttony! But seriously, I am glad that I was “inside” the “Sailau” system (“Elections”), I have a lot of impressions and I am ready to share them with the first journalist.

I take a deep breath and turn on my internal voice recorder: “Pour out ...”

"In Almaty, the elections are" made "by the teacher"

The first year, working as a teacher, I was looking forward to the moment when the famous teacher's vacation would begin: almost two velvet months! However, she rested just a week and a half and was withdrawn from her vacation on July 2 by a director’s order. Without my consent, and even knowing it, I had been appointed as an operator of electronic voting (EG) many times before, the lists were approved somewhere on the unthinkable top, so it was too late to tinker and object, and even pointless. As it turned out later, not only me, but almost all members of our polling station, recruited from among the employees of our school, suffered this way. My duties as an EG operator included receiving and sending mail and test voting 100-300 times a day. The remaining members of the electoral commission were to equip the polling station in accordance with all canons, to receive citizens (2 people had come) and be on duty on the telephone. It turns out we were lucky! Because the work of operators and members of the election commission is paid by the state. The rest of the teachers, who were recalled from vacation, worked as volunteers: compiled voter lists, ran around the precinct, distributing invitations, campaigning for the Nur Otan party (the party of the President of Kazakhstan), phoned and clarified voter lists. Many “experienced” teachers hid from these “honorary duties” in country houses or did not answer the phone, someone specifically went to their relatives. We argued endlessly with our older colleagues that every work, especially such as bypassing apartments, should be voluntary and paid. But, we were accused of lack of patriotism, lack of consciousness and even ... trying to disrupt the elections! In general, familiar words from the vocabulary of a “real Soviet citizen” were used to the teeth.

"Figures and terms"

Officially, the polling station opens at 7 o'clock. "At the top" reinsured and gathered operators to 4.30, the rest to 5.00. We filled up and drove tea in anticipation of the arrival of observers. The chairman of our polling station was shaking like a maple leaf. It is in vain - zero readiness since last night. However, I would have looked at myself in its place ... At 6.40 the observers arrived: 2 representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), two independent observers and one each from the parties. I recognized the “old communist woman”, who visited us at the site a month ago with a misunderstood goal, was a representative of the “Generation” pensioners movement, the others did not introduce themselves and were not so annoying. Voter turnout was observed somewhere before 12.00. Further, until 20.00 - the time when the elections are over, about 100 people each came in 3 hours. From nothing to do, we considered all those who arrived, which ensured the efficiency of the reports. At 20.00 the election day ended, all doors were closed, the process of calculating the results began. Electronic voting by 21.00 has already been reported: 23 people in the minutes - the figure is not very impressive, but what they are rich with. Paper bulletins counted until 23.30. Then they were taken to the district, brought in and brought back again, and so on 3 times until 3:00 pm the next day. Why and why - I was not interested. It was a pity completely exhausted people. Total, in our polling station, out of 3,000-odd voters, a little less than 700 voted, only 23 people chose an electronic method of voting. According to a technician who monitored the work of the Sailau system in the district, the same situation was observed in other areas. We, the operators, had the feeling that representatives of the so-called “protest electorate” came specifically to vote, as many expressed their citizenship to us.

And who thought up to hold elections in the summer, during the holidays, and besides, on the day off?


They watched us carefully and biasedly. We went on the heels. Listened to all the conversations. Especially for us, the operators, because almost everyone asked how to properly vote with a card. It was necessary to explain for a long time and carefully what could not arouse suspicion. At these moments, the observers flew to us like (sorry for comparing) the chickens to the trough. Some voters, just as if on purpose, were provocatively interested in whom it was better to vote. We carefully filtered speech. At the end of the explanation, struggling with the desire to show the language. However, until the end of the elections, we were watched only by local observers. The OSCE representatives remained at the polling station for a short time, demonstrating a sample of not the best attitude towards our country. I do not know how in other countries, but in Kazakhstan they are very sensitive to the National Anthem. When, as expected, at 7.00, the anthem sounded, everyone got up and, putting his hand to his heart, sang or listened in silence. In addition to the OSCE observers. Foreigners continued to discuss something with their translator, actively gesticulating with their hands. And these people make sure that everything is right with us?

According to official data, voiced by the Khabar agency, the Nur Otan party won a confident victory in the elections to the Mazhilis of the Parliament, gaining 88.05% of the vote. In second place is the National Social Democratic Party with 4.62% of the vote. For the Democratic Party "Ak Zhol" given 3.27% of the vote. The turnout exceeded 64.5%. None of the parties, except for “Nur Otan”, exceeded the required seven percent threshold. The new parliament of Kazakhstan is one-party. The highest voter turnout was observed in Almaty and North Kazakhstan regions. OSCE observers admitted that for the first time they see a single-party parliament in a democratic state.
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