February 25, 2015
OSCE/ODIHR publishes final report on parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan
Parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan, which took place in December 2014, were organized competently, a final report of the limited observation mission of the OSCE/ODIHR said. The report was published at the website of the organization.

The limited observation mission of the OSCE/ODIHR led by Ambassador Daan Everts observed elections to the Legislative Chamber and local Councils of People’s Deputies, which were held on 21 December 2014.

The mission included main team, which included 12 persons, in Tashkent, and 8 long-term observers, who worked in the regions of Uzbekistan.

The report said that the Central Election Commission (CEC) took active measures to increase the level of transparency in its work and to inform the public about the elections. The Central Election Commission (CEC) managed the technical preparations for the elections competently and met all legal deadlines, the document stated. The amendments to the electoral legal framework took into account some previous OSCE/ODIHR recommendations and introduced more detailed regulations with regard to election campaign activities and voting procedures, the observation mission said.

The mission underlined that in line with the legal framework, election-related expenses of contestants are covered by the state. The amount of state funding allocated to a political party depends on the number of candidates and was significantly increased for these elections.

Mahalla committees played a prominent role in assisting the election administration at the local level, including in constituency boundary delimitation, selection of commission members, distribution of election-related information to the voters, and compilation of the voter lists, the report said.

Candidates and political parties organized their campaign events with support of and in co-ordination with the mahallas, and PECs and DECs that provided venues to candidates and political parties for their meetings with voters. Main campaign messages were conveyed through billboards, posters, leaflets, indoor meetings and advertisement in the media, as well as on the Internet.

Overall, voting process and counting of votes were efficient and transparent, the report noted. The mission said that all conditions for voters were created in polling stations, which the observation mission visited.

The CEC registered 535 candidates, including 170 women (31.8 per cent) and a number of representatives of national minorities.

The OSCE/ODIHR observation also gave some recommendations on elimination of some shortages in election process.

Currently, the limited observation mission of the OSCE/ODIHR led by Ambassador Tana de Zulueta started its work in Uzbekistan to observe upcoming presidential elections. The mission includes 11 international experts and 10 long-term observers.

(Source: UzDaily.com)


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