OSCE/ODIHR prepares for observation of presidential election in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Feb.23
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The limited mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has started work on observing the presidential election to be held in Uzbekistan in March, the mission head Tana de Zulueta said at a press conference on Feb.23.
She said the mission, sent to the country at the invitation of Uzbek authorities, includes 11 international experts based in Tashkent and 10 long-term observers who will be sent to the country's regions.
"The mission's purpose is to analyze the compliance of the voting process with the norms of the democratic elections, national law, compliance with the obligations within OSCE and other international obligations," said Zulueta.
The mission will also assess the legal framework and its usage procedure, observe the pre-election campaign, registration of voters, the work of the election commissions and relevant state bodies. Moreover, the mission will hold a complex monitoring of media outlets.
As part of the observation work, the mission will meet the candidates, representatives of various state bodies, political parties, judicial system, civil society and media.
The mission will not carry out the systematic observation of the voting processes, counting and summarizing the voting results on the election day. However, the mission members will visit a number of polling stations throughout the country in order to observe the election procedures.
"The mission's statement on the preliminary conclusions of the observation will be made the day following the election, while the final report will be made public eight weeks after the election," said the mission head.
The presidential election in Uzbekistan will be held on March 29, 2015. The pre-election campaign started on December 26, 2014.
The presidential candidates are: incumbent President Islam Karimov from the Liberal Democratic Party, the member of the parliamentary faction, chairman of the committee for democratic institutions, NGOs and citizens' self-government bodies, Akmal Saidov - from the National Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish; the chairman of the Central Council of the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU) Hotamzhon Ketmonov - from the PDPU, the chairman of the executive committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Adolat, Narimon Umarov - from SDP.
Edited by CN