Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec. 2
By Demir Azizov– Trend:
The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan is completing preparations for holding the presidential election scheduled for Dec. 4, CEC Chairman Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said Dec. 2 at a briefing in the country.
“The program of events on the preparation and holding of the election made it possible to organize the entire election process at a high level, provide conditions for full implementation of the electoral rights of the Uzbek citizens,” said Abdusalomov.
The Uzbek presidential election campaign started Sept. 9, 2016.
In accordance with the country’s legislation, as many as 14 electoral districts were established, the district and precinct election commissions were formed, and 9,381 polling stations were created, including 44 polling stations under offices of Uzbekistan in 36 countries. Precinct election commissions compiled the full lists of voters, which included 21.4 million citizens.
The polling stations in Uzbekistan are provided with everything necessary, with the means of communication, computers and office equipment, legal literature. Cabins for secret voting have been equipped in the designated areas, ballot boxes installed.
To date, all the voters have been notified by the precinct election commissions of Uzbekistan about the time and the place of voting. Voters were given every opportunity to familiarize themselves with the election programs, biographies of the Uzbek presidential candidates through the mass media outlets or directly at the pre-election meetings of the candidates with the voters.
In accordance with the Uzbek legislation, 87,500 voters, who are unable to be present at their place of residence on the election day, used their right of early voting, which began November 24 and ended at 18:00 (GMT + 5 hours) Dec. 2.
More than 80,000 local observers from public organizations, political parties, as well as 600 international ones from the OSCE ODIHR, CIS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Association of World Election Bodies, as well as from a number of countries, will be monitoring the presidential election in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan will hold an early presidential election December 4 due to the death of ex-president Islam Karimov, who passed away after suffering a stroke at the age of 79 on Sept. 2.
Candidates from four political parties of Uzbekistan participate in the presidential election - Uzbekistan Liberal Democratic Party (UzLiDeP), People's Democratic Party (PDPU), Milly Tiklanish (National Revival) Party, and Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party.
Among the presidential candidates are the country’s Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev from UzLiDeP, Sarvar Otamuratov from Milly Tiklanish Party, Nariman Umarov from Adolat Party, and Hotamzhon Ketmonov from PDPU.