Kazakh celebrities launch drive to bring out vote (AP) – 279th Edition

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 file photo Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev speaks at a news conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A glitzy get-out-the-vote drive has been launched Wednesday March 9, 2011 in an apparent sign that Kazakh authorities fear a low turnout in the upcoming presidential elections. Incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, 70, is certain to win the snap April 3 vote and is unlikely to be threatened by any Middle East-style uprising but online pro-democracy activists have begun a lively boycott campaign they hope could sabotage the whole affair. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)AP – Crooners and TV personalities launched a glitzy get-out-the-vote drive Wednesday in an apparent sign that Kazakh authorities fear a low turnout in upcoming presidential elections could undermine the Central Asian nation’s authoritarian ruler.

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