Uzbekistan, OSCE mull preparations for presidential election
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Oct. 12
By Demir Azizov – Trend:
Experts of the needs assessment mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights had a meeting in Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission, the Uzbek Republican Press Center for Election Coverage told Trend Oct. 12.
The meeting was held in connection with the upcoming presidential election in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan will hold an early presidential election on Dec. 4. The election will be held in accordance with the country’s constitution due to the death of President Islam Karimov.
It was previously reported that the mission led by head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Department, Alexander Shlyk arrived in Tashkent.
Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov informed the experts in details about the work carried out by central and district election commissions for preparing and holding the presidential election.
Abdusalomov said the information related to the election campaign was posted on the website of the CEC.
The needs assessment mission (NAM) experts said in turn that the Uzbek CEC consistently improves law enforcement practice in order to guarantee the citizens' electoral rights.
The OSCE/ODIHR praised the recent changes made to the electoral legislation of Uzbekistan, in particular the reduction of the number of signatures to be collected by political parties in support of a presidential candidate from 5 to 1 percent.
The NAM experts praised the CEC online training seminars for officials of district election commissions, highlighting the novelty of the format, as well as the importance of quality training for election commissions’ members and voters themselves for the upcoming election.