Uzbekistan presidential election valid, voter turnout reaches 34%
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The voter turnout in the presidential election in Uzbekistan as of 10:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours) has reached 34 percent, which exceeds the threshold set by the law and allows to recognize the election as valid, the republican press center for covering the election said on Mar.29.
Under the country's law, the election can be recognized as valid if over 33 percent of voters take part in it.
The presidential election in Uzbekistan kicked off on Mar.29, while the pre-election campaign started on Dec.26, 2014.
The polling stations opened at 06:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours) and will close at 20:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours).
It should be noted that 14 constituencies, 9,015 polling stations have been created in the country, while 44 polling stations have been created at Uzbekistan's representative offices abroad.
The number of voters is 20,798,052 and all of them have been informed about the date and place of voting by the precinct election commissions.
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 SI