Last year's spring (2019) was marked by different worries for Kazakhstanis. Many people, who were apolitical, woke up instantly. Among these people, there was also me. When I heard about the upcoming presidential election, I realized that I don't want to stay aside. While I was making up my mind, I almost missed training sessions for observers. I remember how on the last day I filled out an application for training from PF "Erkindik qanaty".
When we analyzed the law and different cases during the pre-election preparation, I felt that I could bring some changes to the country. The day before the election we had to register at our polling station and it is difficult to say that I was glad to be there. The day had come. This was the day when changes were supposed to happen for the first time since the country's independence. As it turned out, other observers at my polling station were well acquainted with both the commission members and the chairman.
A few hours later I realized that they lived in this retirement home, where the station in Almaty was located. The hymn was played and the elections began. But ten minutes earlier than it was supposed to be. By the way, we also closed by noon. I did not want to inflame the situation from the very morning and just recorded everything that was happening. In a couple of hours, several violations had already been recorded. I was very much surprised by the commission's question "Should it be like that?" when I made a comment that the ballots should be signed.
The most interesting thing started after I warned that such ballots are not considered valid. They scared me by the police and wanted to expel me, and the chairman of the commission began to switch to a person, spoke about my bad education and at the end added: "Who did you come from? Whose victory do you want? Do you think you can change the system?". For their paradigm, my desire to have a fair election was outrageous. After a few hours of threats and personal transition, I started calling Foundation's employees. Then the coordinator for Almaty and a colleague from another foundation came to my polling station. We were fighting for ballots that ended up in an unsigned ballot box. At the moment of receiving the protocol, I was raging with different feelings: joy, regret, bitterness, anger and gratitude. But I also felt that the system had given a crack.
I am glad that I experienced all this, saw everything with my own eyes and fulfilled my civic duty. I want to thank you for the fact that Erkindik qanaty gave me this opportunity.