Uzbeks voting for peace and stability, says CIS official

Uzbeks voting for peace and stability, says CIS official

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29

By Demir Azizov - Trend:

All the voters in Uzbekistan, during talks with them, said they would vote in the presidential election for further peace, stability and development in the country, said Sergei Lebedev, the chairman of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Executive Committee.

Lebedev, who also led the CIS observer mission in the Uzbek presidential election on Mar. 29, highlighted the good preparation for it.

"As a group leader, watching the activities at polling stations in Tashkent and Jizzakh regions, I got convinced that a comprehensive and well thought-out preparation was carried out for the election," he said.

Lebedev also underscored that a large-scale preparatory work, carried out by the election commission, manifested itself in the fact that the voting took place at a high level.

He said the election fully complies with international standards.

The CIS observer mission has from March 12 monitored the preparation and holding of election at the invitation of Uzbekistan's Central Election Commission.

Some 72 observers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the CIS Executive Committee were accredited as part of this mission.

The Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Dmitry Mezentsev, in turn, highlighted the activeness of not only the older generation of voters, but also the young ones.

"The population's political activity is the most striking indicator of success of an independent development of the country, and its further dynamic, consistent, confident and progressive development," said Mezentsev.

He said "the will expressed today by the country's citizens is a foundation of new achievements that will strengthen Uzbekistan's position in the region, within international organizations, especially the Shanghai Cooperation Organization."

The candidates from four Uzbek political parties were running for the presidency.

The Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen - Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan 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 was monitored by about 300 international observers from 43 countries.

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