SCO observation mission arrives in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec.20
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Uzbekistan parliamentary election observation mission from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has started to work, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan.
The mission includes members of the CEC, the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation, members of the CEC of Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, China and Tajikistan. The mission is headed by the SCO Deputy Secretary General Makhmadsharif Khakdodov.
The members of the observation mission were given mandates of the established pattern that entitles them to participate in all events on the preparation and conduct of election, as well as stay in the polls on election day and during the counting of votes.
It should be noted that the SCO monitors election in member states of the Organization since 2006. In the period from 2010 to 2014, the mission of the SCO held observation of the presidential and parliamentary election in four countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
In 2009, the SCO Observation Mission of 11 people observed the election to the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (lower house of the Uzbek parliament) of Uzbekistan.
Currently, the OSCE ODIHR mission, the mission of the CIS and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began the observation of the preparation process and conduct of election, the CEC said.
The CEC went on to add that they soon will be joined by observers from The Association of World Election Bodies. In addition, the CEC registered about 300 observers from nearly 40 countries of the world, issued mandates to more than 70,000 observers and authorized representatives of political parties participating in the election, according to the CEC.
It was reported that election to the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis will be held Dec.21.
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).
Each of them nominated 135 MP candidates in accordance with the number of electoral districts. Another 15 seats are granted to Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan.
The MPs from the Ecological Movement will be elected at a conference on Dec. 21.
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 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.