NEWS AND EVENTS
May 14, 2014
Central Election Commission Meeting
The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan convened for a session on May 12. The meeting was attended by members of the Commission and representatives of political parties, Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan and mass media.
It was stressed at the session that in accordance with Article 117 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, general elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, regional, district and municipal Kengashes (Councils) of people’s deputies are to take place on the first Sunday of the third ten-day period of December this year.
In line with the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan is arranged and held by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The meeting participants discussed the action plan for the preparations and holding of elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, regional, district and municipal Kengashes (Councils) of people’s deputies in 2014.
According to session contributors, the measures taken in the country following the 2009 elections dedicated to further liberalize and perfect the electoral legislation will become an important factor in holding the upcoming elections in strict adherence to the most democratic requirements and universal international standards.
This has been facilitated by and large by the realization of provisions of the Concept of Intensification of Democratic Reforms and Formation of Civil Society in the Country initiated by President Islam Karimov.
In accordance with the Concept, the electoral legislation has been introduced with a range amendments and addenda directed at a more complete execution of the principle of the freedom of choice, the further democratization of the electoral system of the country, the elevation of the effectiveness of securing equal terms and conditions for candidates for deputies and political parties during pre-election campaigns, along with the consolidation of principles of openness and transparency of elections of deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan from the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan. Normative mechanisms for securing the transparency during elections have been refined.
In promotion of the Concept provisions, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Introduction of Amendments and Addenda to Certain Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Articles 32, 78, 93, 98, 103 and 117)” initiated by the head of our state was adopted in April 2014, which serves as a normative foundation for the further democratization of the activities of the legislative and executive branches of power, for boosting the activeness of political parties, bolstering the inter-party competition – the most critical component of a democratic society.
In accordance with the abovementioned law, the Central Election Commission has been granted a status of a constitutional body, the mechanism of its activities has been defined that helps ensure the preparations and holding of elections without the interference of other government agencies of any kind, and the principles of its activities have been defined – namely, independence, legitimacy, collegial decision making, openness and fairness. All this has become the most critical guarantee of securing comprehensively the democratic, open and transparent as well as legitimate nature of elections.
During the deliberations it was noted that the Program envisages a complex of measures to provide for the transparency and openness of elections at every level of pre-election campaign and the conduct of all the preparatory works and the organization of electoral process in strict compliance with law.
The Program stipulates securing conditions for the organization of effective information and analytical works directed at extensive enlightenment efforts among the electorate to explain the provisions of the electoral legislation, conduct of international, nationwide and provincial meetings to propagate the essence and significance of further democratization of the national electoral system, to boost the law culture of the participants of the electoral process, the awareness of voters on the course of preparations and holding of elections as the most crucial socio-political event in the life of the nation.
Extensive and equal opportunities are to be spearheaded for political parties and candidates for deputies in the use of mass media for letting the voters and the wider public know of the provisions of election programs, the stances they contain with regard to pressing issues in the socio-political and socio-economic development of the country.
The meeting participants pointed out in particular that the Action Plan will indisputably help secure necessary conditions for an active participation and free competition of political parties in the process of shaping government bodies, the exercise of constitutional rights by citizens to elect and be elected to representative bodies of government.
The discussions at the session produced at the end a relevant resolution. The event participants also deliberated on other issues pertaining to the powers of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan.