Three parties submit documents to participate in Uzbekistan’s parliamentary election
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Oct.6
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan's Social Democratic Party 'Adolat', Democratic Party of Uzbekistan 'Milly Tiklanish' and the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan have submitted documents to the Central Election Commission to participate in the parliamentary election, CEC said on Oct.6.
The parliamentary election in Uzbekistan has been scheduled for Dec.21, 2014.
Under the law, the political parties should submit an application for participation in the election, a certificate from the Ministry of Justice proving that the party has been registered within the statutory period, as well as subscription lists. All the required documents should be submitted before Oct.12.
Each party is required to gather at least 40,000 signatures of voters supporting its participation in the election. However, the number of signatures, gathered in one administrative-territorial unit of the country should not exceed eight percent of the required volume.
On the basis of the submitted documents, the CEC will make a final decision on approving the party's participation in the election.
The nomination of MP candidates will start Oct. 17.
Uzbekistan's bicameral parliament was created in 2005. The legislative chamber permanently employs 150 MPs elected in Dec. 2009 from four political parties and the Uzbek Ecological Movement. They were elected for a five-year period.
As a result of the parliamentary election held in 2009, four political parties are represented in the Legislative Chamber: the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; Democratic Party of Uzbekistan 'Milly Tiklanish' and Social Democratic Party 'Adolat'.
The parliament's upper house, the Senate, employs 100 MPs elected in equal numbers, i.e. six people from the Karakalpakstan Republic, regions and the city of Tashkent.
Aside from that, 16 members of the Senate are appointed by the president of Uzbekistan from among the most distinguished citizens.
Uzbek population is 31 million people, and over 20 million of them are potential voters.