ISLAMABAD: On March 29, 2015 citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan will take part in presidential elections. Elections in Uzbekistan are held in line with the Constitution and national election legislation by way of secret voting based on the universal, equal and direct suffrage.
This was disclosed by the ambassador of Uzbekistan in Islamabad Excellency Parviz Aliev in a press conference here on Monday, he said that coming presidential elections are one of the most important events in the country’s modern history, raising social and political awareness and activity of citizens, shaping their political and legal culture, establishing the democratic law-governed state and strong civil society. In accordance with Constitution of Uzbekistan, and in line with articles 14 and 25 of the Law “On the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan” on February 14, 2015 the Central Election Committee of Uzbekistan has registered documents for the nominees for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Candidates for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan independently determine the types, forms, methods and content of the materials of election campaign in the media. According to the CEC, the following four candidates for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan were registered from their respective parties: From the Movement of entrepreneurs and business people – the Liberal-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP) – KARIMOV ISLAM, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. From the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU) – KETMANOV HATAMJON, the leader of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan. From the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (DPU) “Milliy Tiklanish” – SAIDOV AKMAL, the head of the Legislative Chamber Committee on democratic institutions. From the Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (DPU) “Milliy Tiklanish” – SAIDOV AKMAL, the head of the Legislative Chamber Committee on democratic institutions.
While telling the details Parviz Aliev said for the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan 9058 polling stations have been established including 44 at the offices of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign countries. Polling stations are provided with all necessary means of communication, computer and office equipment, legal literature. In designated areas established cabins for secret voting, ballot boxes. District election commissions formed compositions of precinct election commissions to carry out activities which attracted about 90,000 people. They are representatives of health care, science, education, culture and sports – 67%, associations, non-profit organizations – 22.3%, farmers – 5.3%, the representatives of the production sector – 5.4%, economists – 6.2%. 84% of the commission members have previously been involved in the preparation and conduct of elections. Among the members of precinct election commissions women constitute 42.8%. Special attention is paid to ensure openness and transparency of the election campaign, the creation of conditions for access to the media to information relating to the preparation and conduct of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. To this end, the CEC has accredited more than 340 local and foreign media reporting in the prescribed manner the necessary documents.
He said that about 300 representatives of foreign countries and international organizations will arrive in Uzbekistan to observe the elections. Group of observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) headed by Ambassador Caetano de Zulueta began its work in Uzbekistan on 23 February, 2015. As in previous elections, the CEC of the Republic of Uzbekistan invited a large number of observers from Europe, Asia, America and Africa, as well as observers from international organizations to participate in the upcoming March 29, 2015 presidential election.