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March 31, 2015
Missions of international observers: Elections in Uzbekistan were free and open
The press conference of the Observer Mission of the World Association of electoral bodies (WAEB) completed at the Republican press center for coverage of the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Head of Mission, Director of Planning of the World Association of electoral bodies, Lee Chung-Hee said that on the day of elections on 29 March, the representatives of the mission visited 7 polling stations in the cities of Tashkent and Samarkand. They observed the voting and the counting of votes.

According to members of the mission, the elections were held openly and consistently, voters actively participated in the voting and counting process of the votes was held in open, transparent and timely manner. During the observation, we have not detected any violations of electoral laws - said in an interview Lee Chung-Hee. - The fact that till 11:00 the turnout was more than 30 percent, indicates the interest of the population in realization of their own electoral law in favor of the country\'s future.

Such civic engagement shows the growth of legal culture, legal consciousness of the population. For me it was really amazing from the start of voting to observe such activity. In addition, Uzbekistan has a unique practice of organizing the elections, for me it was something new that every polling station was organized with a room for mother and child, medical offices.

It should be noted that the World Association of electoral bodies was established as an international organization in October 2013, with its headquarters in the city of Incheon (South Korea). Its main objective - to promote international cooperation for the exchange of information and experience in organizing and holding open and transparent elections. Currently, it combines the electoral bodies of 94 countries. The Republic of Uzbekistan from the first days of the organization of WAEB is its full member. The mission of observers from the international organizations also participated in the parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan in December 2014.

*** The National Press Center on the coverage of presidential elections in the Republic of Uzbekistan held a briefing today, with the participation of representatives of the international observer mission from the CIS. The head of Mission, the Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev announced preliminary information about the elections.

Moreover, at the event it was reported that the CIS Observation Mission operates to monitor the election campaign from 12 March. It is comprised of 72 observers from 8 countries.

Particular attention was paid to the openness and alternative choices. International observers visited all regions of the country. There was a clear organization of the election process at polling stations, their equipment and convenient location. The high level of members of precinct election commissions was also underlined as well. Observers also noted that during interviews with the population, all voters without exception expressed a common view: they voted for peace, stability and further development of the country. Conducted elections in Uzbekistan fully correspond with generally accepted international standards. Extensive preparatory work carried out by election commissions have contributed, including the fact that the elections took place at a high level. Thus, according to preliminary data, the turnout was more than 91% of the voters of the total number of voters on the lists.



*** Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) observer mission said today at a press conference in Tashkent that the March 29 presidential elections in Uzbekistan were transparent and democratic and in compliance with the national legislation and international standards. No violation of the electoral legislation has been reported.

It was noted that the SCO observer mission had been invited by Uzbekistanís Central Election Commission (CEC) to monitor the March 29, 2015 presidential elections in Uzbekistan. The mission was led by SCO General Secretary Dmitry Mezentsev and representatives of the organizationís member countries.

Members of the observer mission have met with heads of the CEC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Samarkand Region Mayorís Office. Upon arrival in Uzbekistan, the observer mission learned about the course of the election campaign and realization of the Program of Preparations for and Staging of the Presidential Elections. They were provided with full information about the presidential hopefuls and visited polling stations in the cities of Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand and Tashkent Region on March 28-29.

The mission noted the high voter turnout and the performance of precinct election commissions that was in strict compliance with national election laws.

Observers representing the four political parties that had nominated candidates were present at polling stations visited by SCO observer mission members. No complaints from voters or representatives of political parties regarding the observers were filed during the missionís visits to polling stations.



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The Republican press centre for the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a briefing of the Mission of observers from the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC), in the course of which high assessment regarding the organization and conduct of elections was given.

In addition, observers from the OIC noted the high level of voter turnout. As stressed by the observers, the election process and the counting of the votes were fair and transparent, there was no information on violations and conflicts.

Representatives of the OIC visited more than 40 polling stations in Tashkent city and Tashkent region. It was noted that all the sites were fully prepared to conduct the election, the members of precinct election commissions professionally and carefully treated to their assigned tasks.

Observers congratulated the people of Uzbekistan on the successful elections and wished success in further democratic development.

Recall that the representatives of the OIC came to Uzbekistan at the invitation of the Central Election Commission in order to monitor the process and vote counting at the election of the President.

The Mission is headed by the Director of the Department of political affairs of the OIC Ali Abolhassani, responsible for the organization of election observation in the countries-participants of the organization. Note that the Mission of the OIC also participated in the observation of the previous elections of the President of Uzbekistan in 2007.

(Source: UzReport.uz)


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