PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2016
January 26, 2015
Election Campaign Picking up Steam
The election campaign picks up speed as presidential elections near.
With less than two months to go before the main political event of the year, presidential elections, political parties have nominated candidates.
The Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, which has the largest number of seats as a result of the parliamentary elections, held a meeting of the Political Council, during which the issue of the party’s participation in the upcoming presidential elections on March 29 was discussed. The proposal to nominate Islam Karimov as head of state will be discussed at the Party Congress on February 6.
A plenary session of the Central Council of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan was held on the same day. The nomination of a candidate for President from the People’s Democratic Party was discussed. The proposal of nominating Hatamjon Ketmonov was accepted, which is subject to approval at the party congress on February 9.
Following the decision of Liberals and Democrats on Friday, two other political parties have named their candidates. The Democratic Party of Uzbekistan ‘Milly Tiklanish’ has made its choice. At the plenum, it was decided to nominate Akmal Saidov, a member of the faction of ‘Milly Tiklanish’ in the lower house of the parliament as a candidate for President. Saidov’s candidacy will be approved by the Congress party on February 7.
At the plenary meeting of the Political Council of the Adolat Social Democratic Party, the proposal to nominate Nariman Umarov was accepted. The final decision on the nomination of the applicant for the post of head of state will be taken at the qurultoi (congress) of the party, which is scheduled for February 10.
As it is known, in order to use their right to nominate a candidate, all political parties must be registered with the Ministry of Justice no later than six months prior to the date of the announcement of their election campaign. Following on from the plenums of the parties, they have all submitted the necessary documents to the Central Election Commission.
In particular, the members of the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businesspeople of the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Milly Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan and the Adolat Social Democratic Party have submitted a package of necessary documents to the Central Election Commission, in order to participate in the presidential elections, i.e. the requests to participate in the elections that were signed by the leaders of the parties, the certificates of the Ministry of Justice with information about the registration of political parties and an information paper about the future presidential candidate.
During the regular meeting of the CEC (Central Election Commission), on the basis of the submitted documents it was decided to approve the admission of political parties to participate in the presidential elections in Uzbekistan.
Authorized representatives from UzLiDeP, People’s Democratic Party, the Milliy Tiklanish DPU, and the Adolat SDPU were given registration certificates and forms of signature sheets of standard pattern for collecting signatures in support of the nominated candidate.
Earlier at its meetings, the CEC decided to form electoral districts, to approve the personal staff of the district election commissions of the Presidential elections. The members of these commissions which consist of eminent members of the public, have been previously discussed in the meetings of Jokargy Kenes of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent city councils of people’s deputies, held on January 13-14 this year, and recommended for approval by the CEC.
These days, political parties of the country have actively started to collect signatures in support of the nominated candidates - each must collect at least five percent of the total number of voters in the country (more than 1 million signatures), representing at least eight administrative-territorial formations. In one of the administrative-territorial entities (Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions, Tashkent) a political party cannot collect more than eight percent of the signatures of the total. Also in this case, the voters have the right to sign once in support of only one candidate.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)