ASTANA, Kazakhstan, June 25 (UPI) -- Supporters of Kazakhstan's president dominate the nation's new election commissions, the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported Friday.
"Pro-presidential parties gained a commanding presence in the 67 district election commissions for the Sept. 19 parliamentary elections," Interfax-Kazakhstan said.
"In all, the commissions have 469 members, with the pro-presidential Otan, Asar and Auyl parties each fielding 67 representatives," it said. "Other pro-presidential parties are heavily represented as well."
By contrast, the opposition Ak Zhol and Communist parties will only have 18 and 11 representatives respectively on the commissions.
Supporters of incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev are expected to easily win an overwhelming parliamentary majority in the elections.