Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec.19
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, Secretary Sergei Lebedev has arrived in Uzbekistan, Uzbek Central Election Commission told Trend on Dec.19.
He will head the mission of observers from CIS countries in the elections to the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (parliament) and local public authorities to be held on Dec.21.
The mission included 13 representatives of CIS Executive Committee.
Long-term observers from CIS led by the First Deputy Executive Secretary of CIS Vladimir Garkun have started to work in Uzbekistan since Dec.7.
CIS observers' mission includes over 70 representatives of election, legislative and executive bodies, public organizations, media, as well as scholars and political analysts from all CIS countries.
Uzbek CEC said that aside from CIS mission, the elections will be observed by the mission of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Additionally, representatives from 35 countries have expressed desire to participate in observing the parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan.
Earlier, four political parties of Uzbekistan were allowed to take part in the election.
These are the Liberal Democratic Party, People's Democratic Party, the Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish (National Revival), and the Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice).
A total of 535 people have been registered as candidates.
Uzbekistan's bicameral parliament was created in 2005. Its legislative chamber permanently employs 150 MPs from four political parties and the Uzbek Ecological Movement. They were elected in Dec. 2009 for a five-year period.
The MPs from the Ecological Movement will be elected at a conference on Dec. 21.
The parliament's upper house, known as the Senate, employs 100 MPs elected in equal numbers, i.e. six MPs from the Karakalpakstan Republic, regions and the city of Tashkent.
Aside from that, the Uzbek president appoints 16 members of the Senate from among the most distinguished citizens.
Edited by CN