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NEWS AND EVENTS
December 27, 2004
UZBEK ELECTIONS WERE FREE, TRANSPARENT ? HEAD OF CIS OBSERVERS
Elections to Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan were legitimate, free and transparent, head of CIS mission to Uzbekistan and chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Vladimir Rushaylo said.

Uzbekistan held parliamentary elections on Sunday. Some 489 contenders competed for 120 seats in the low chamber of the parliament. The Central Election Commission said 12.19 million people or 85.1% of voters cast their votes.

Rushaylo said: ?International observers from the Commonwealth of Independent State believe that elections to Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, held on 26 December 2004, were carried out by the Central Election Commission and election commissions in accordance with norms of election legislation of Uzbekistan, and therefore recognize them as legitimate, free and transparent.?

He said CIS observers had made their preliminary conclusions based on own monitoring, analysis of factual materials and information collected at elections commissions and ballot stations, as well as during dialogues with international and local observers.

Rushaylo said CIS observers had noted insignificant shortcomings during preparation to elections and the voting process. But the observers said those were mainly ?technical? shortcomings, which were eliminated during observation and did not affect the free will of voters and the final result.


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