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Parliament of Kazakhstan proposes to punish for forcing to buy tickets for EXPO

8 May

The deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurtai Sabilyanov believes that the compelling to buy tickets for the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 must be held accountable. This is reported by Informburo.kz. portal.

"If someone organizes, then he must plan ahead that he will have tickets sold and the hall filled in advance. If not, why should people be forced to do this? Do not do this! My personal opinion, it is absolutely necessary to exclude such options in all governmental bodies. There is no need for concert halls to be filled with students, students of military institutes and universities. You cannot do that. First of all, it irritates people. Second of all, it will lead to nothing," Sabilyanov said.

According to the deputy, this issue needs to be worked out with officials, especially from the regions. Those who force the population to buy tickets for the exhibition, the parliamentarian proposes to bring to administrative responsibility.

"If there are facts of compelling, we can say to any head of the executive body or the state institution that you can not do this. If he wants to show that he sold several tickets, that he leads in the region and in the ticket sales area - it will not make him look better or add any credibility,” Sabilyanov stressed.

Let us remind that the reports of forced sale of tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 periodically appear in the media. The teachers of rural schools in the East Kazakhstan region complained, one of them said  that he was directly told: “Whether you go or not, but you will buy a ticket.” In the Akimat of the East Kazakhstan region responded to the charges of compulsory sale of the tickets for the international specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. As noted in the state institution, the residents of the region buy tickets for the forthcoming event at their own will.

Commenting on this information in JSC "NC" “Astana EXPO-2017” stressed that the facts of forced sale of tickets for the exhibition are illegal and claimed that since the beginning of the year the organizers of EXPO 2017 have registered more than 20 such cases and said that all complaints about such violations can be forward to a single WhatsApp phone number  +7 702 332 65 21. However later it turned out that the indicated phone number doesn't work.

Later, the reports of forced sale of tickets for the exhibition came in from Karaganda region, where teachers of the mining town of Saran have addressed to mass media with complaints, as well as from rural teachers of Kostanay region, where akim of one of the districts was even pleased with persecution of such teachers.The complaints of coercion into buying tickets were also reported by doctors, but the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Elzhan Birtanov claims that there were no corresponding orders. In addition, it became known from the documents at the disposal of journalists about the plans of Akimat of the West Kazakhstan region to send more than 60 thousand people to EXPO - later these intentions were officially confirmed by the region authorities. It also became known that the authorities of the Mangistau region plan to send almost 900 people to the exhibition daily, and the akim of the region Eraly Tugzhanov stated that he does not accept excuses on this issue.

Chairman of the Board of JSC "NC" “Astana Expo-2017” Akhmetzhan Yessimov, commenting on this information, stated that the forced sale of tickets for the exhibition is inadmissible. Complaints were also commented in the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption. Later, at the meeting with akims of the regions, the head of the exhibition organizer urged to use only propaganda in the promotion of EXPO. The Deputy Chairman of the agency Alik Shpekbayev stated that there is no obligation to purchase the tickets for this event and asked to report all violations to the same phone number as was indicated by the organizers of the exhibition.

The sale of the tickets even became a topic of a heated discussion in the social networks.

However, there are also people who, according to the media, are ready to provide EXPO tickets for those in need. For example, Rakhim Tanirbergenov, a deputy of Maslikhat of the South-Kazakhstan region, bought 500 tickets for a world specialized exhibition, spending a total of about 2 million tenge.

Astana EXPO 2017 ticket offices are open in all regions of Kazakhstan, as well as in seven largest cities of Russia. In addition, the organizers announced the release  of VIP tickets made from felt, and also talked about the plans for the introduction of season tickets. How to purchase a ticket to the exhibition you can find out by clicking on the link.

According to the latest information provided by the organizers of the exhibition, the number of complaints on forced ticket sales has reached 300.

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