Uzbekistan invites int’l observers to presidential election
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 19
By Demir Azizov – Trend:
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan has sent an official invitations to a number of international organizations to observe the presidential election in the country, the commission said in a message Sept. 19.
In particular, invitations have been sent to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Executive Committee, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), according to the CEC.
Participation of international and foreign observers in the Uzbek presidential election serves to strengthen the principles of transparency and openness of the entire electoral process, respect for the principles of democratic election, the message said.
Uzbekistan will hold an early presidential election Dec. 4. The election will be held in accordance with the country’s constitution due to the death of President Islam Karimov.
Election campaigns started Sept. 9. Registration of presidential candidates will be held from Sept. 30 until Oct. 20 in accordance with the action plan for preparations and holding the presidential election.
Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov passed away Sept. 2 after suffering a stroke.
The president of Uzbekistan is elected for a period of five years. Four political parties in the country have the right to nominate a presidential candidate.
They are the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen – the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish (National Revival), People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan and Social Democratic Party Adolat (Justice).