Institution of petitions to be secured legislatively in Kazakhstan

Institution of petitions will be secured legislatively in Kazakhstan, announced Kazakh Minister of Information and Social Development Aida Balayeva at a briefing in the Central Communications Service. The legal framework is already being developed, which will clearly define the concept of a “petition” and regulate the procedure for its filing and consideration. This will allow Kazakh citizens to make their proposals for reforms in various fields. The ministry works on amendments and additions to the “Law on access to information”. The amendments also provide for the solution of two tasks, including strengthening control and responsibility as well as broadening the scope of separate rules of this law.

We are currently working on improving the legislative framework in terms of the access to information. As I have already noted, firstly, Mazhilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, now considers amendments specifically on determining the competent agency, which will be responsible for the access to information. The Kazakh Ministry of Information and Social Development will coordinate and control this work, if this amendment is adopted and comes into force. Secondly, each state agency will have a competent department or a competent representative from the current authorized staff positions that will be responsible for this issue,” Balayeva said.

Business entities and their associations, self-regulatory and non-governmental organizations performing the functions of state bodies are proposed to be regarded as information owners. The minister said that the developed amendments were included in the legislative draft, which is being considered by the Mazhilis of the Kazakh Parliament. It should be submitted to the President for signing by the end of the year.