Kazakhstan holds elections marred by fatal clashes
People in Kazakhstan are voting in parliamentary elections, with the pro-government party widely expected to win a landslide victory.
The Nur Otan party, headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, won all the seats in the 107-member lower house in 2007.
However, for the first time the second-place party will now be guaranteed seats in the chamber even if it fails to cross a 7% vote threshold.
More than nine million people are eligible to vote in the elections
The poll comes less than a month after riots in which at least 16 people died.
The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports.
15 Jan 2012
- From the section Asia