Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dec. 5
By Demir Azizov– Trend:
Uzbek presidential election was held at a high organizational level, in an open and democratic manner, Sergey Lebedev, executive secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), head of the CIS observer mission at the election, said at a briefing in Uzbekistan Dec. 5.
“Public authorities and local government bodies, election commissions of all levels in Uzbekistan ensured the right of the citizens to freedom of expression during the election,” said Lebedev.
He added that the election demonstrated a level of political maturity of the Uzbek civil society, and that became a significant step of the country on the path of progress.
Lebedev also said that the innovations in the Uzbek electoral law, introduced to improve the organization and holding of the election, have been fully implemented, including during the election campaigning, early voting procedure, providing voting opportunity for persons in custody in whose respect no court’s decision was made, reducing the number of signatures in support of a political party candidate.
The CIS observation mission for the presidential election started its work in Uzbekistan Nov. 17. The mission included 10 long-term and nearly 70 short-term observers from eight countries of the CIS.
The mission visited more than 700 polling stations in all regions of Uzbekistan on the election day.
The early presidential election in Uzbekistan was held Dec. 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 participated 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 were 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.
A total of 17.94 million voters cast ballots in the election. Preliminary results of the election will be revealed Dec. 5.