Uzbek presidential election held in organized way, says CIS mission head
The head of the CIS observer mission, the chairman of the CIS executive committee, Sergei Lebedev said the voting in the presidential election in Uzbekistan is going on actively and in an organized way.
"The mission has already visited several polling stations in Tashkent and the voting everywhere is going on actively, in an organized way and quietly, and a big organizational work of the Central Election Commission is visible," Ria Novosti quoted Lebedev as saying March 29 at a polling station in the Uzbek capital.
"Our observers have free access to all the polling stations, and all the government bodies provide the necessary information," he said. "We everywhere see support, feel the openness of all the structures of power, feel the help in our work."
The presidential election in Uzbekistan kicked off on Mar.29, at 06:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours) and will close at 20:00 (UTC/GMT +5 hours).
The candidates from four political parties are running for the presidency.
The Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal Democratic Party nominated the current president, Islam Karimov as a presidential candidate.
The People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan proposed the chairman of the Central Council, Hatamzhon Ketmonov to the president's post, and the Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish nominated a member of the party's faction in the parliament, Akmal Saidov.
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party Adolat nominated the chairman of the party's executive committee, Narimon Umarov.
The election is being observed by about 300 international observers from 43 countries. The CIS mission consists of 72 observers.