Law on public control approved by Kazakh Senate members in two readings
Kazakhstan has legalized the institution of petitions. The Senate, an Upper House of the Kazakh Parliament, approved the draft law on public control in two readings with accompanying amendments, which provides for ensuring the participation of citizens in managing state affairs as well as transparency and openness of the activities of the country’s facilities. As noted by Senate members, it is necessary to get signatures from 2,500 to 50,000 people, depending on the governance level, for state bodies to consider a petition of Kazakh citizens. The document also defines such concepts as the object and subject of public control. The latter will have the right to create groups, attract experts, request information and appeal against the actions or inactions of public control objects.
“There are types of public control, including public monitoring, hearings and expertise. According to the Constitution, a Kazakh citizen is eligible to take part in all these three processes. The actions of subjects and objects of public control are also regulated. Subjects are citizens, non-profit organizations and other entities, while objects include central state bodies, local executive authorities, quasi-public sector as well as bodies that perform public functions such as clinics, schools and others,” said Daniyar Kadirov, Kazakh Vice Minister of Culture and Information.