Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov.18
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan announced the launch of the election campaign to the lower house of parliament, the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (The Supreme Assembly), which will be held on December 21, 2014.
The corresponding resolution on the order of election campaign, schedule of performances of candidates in the media, as well as the list of candidates nominated by political parties and registered at the CEC were published on the website of the CEC.
The CEC said that representatives of education account for 26.5 percent among the candidates, the production sector - 20.2 percent, economists - 20.8 percent, lawyers - 14.2 percent, health workers - 10.1 percent.
All candidates have higher education, 21.7 percent - the degree of Doctor of Science or candidate, 13.8 percent had previously been elected deputies.
The women in the number of candidates account for 31.8 percent (at least 30 percent of the total number of candidates nominated by a political party), according to the law on elections to the Oliy Majlis
In accordance with the law, the candidates and political parties are provided with an equal right to use the media in the election campaign, the weekly schedule of performances of the candidates and representatives of political parties, on the channels of the National Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan free of charge has been approved, as well as the allocation of space in print publications and the publishing of campaign materials in the national newspapers of the country.
The CEC currently accredited more than 300 representatives of foreign and domestic media in order to cover the elections. Participation in election observation was confirmed by representatives of several international organizations and foreign countries.
It was earlier reported that the four Uzbek political parties admitted to the election - Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP), People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU), the Milly Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (National Revival), the Adolat Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (Justice) each nominated 135 (according to the number of electoral districts) deputy candidates.
In addition, the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan will elect 15 deputies of the parliament at the conference.
The bicameral parliament in Uzbekistan for the first time was formed in 2005. The Legislative Chamber permanently employs 150 deputies elected in December 2009 from four political parties and the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan for a period of five years.