PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2016
October 31, 2016
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE REGISTERED
The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan convened for a meeting on October 28 to discuss registration of candidates for the post of the country’s President.
The Central Election Commission, having examined the documents of political parties, adopted a decision on the registration of candidates for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Thus, the CEC registered the following presidential nominees: Sarvar Sadullaevich Otamuratov from Milly Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev from the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businesspeople – the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; Hatamjon Abdurakhmonovich Ketmonov from the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; Nariman Madjitovich Umarov from Adolat Social Democratic Party of Uzbekistan.
In accordance with Article 28 of the Law on Elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the electoral campaigning of candidates begins from the date of their registration by the Central Election Commission. In this regard, the meeting participants addressed this issue and approved a corresponding resolution.
At a meeting on the same day, the Central Election Commission discussed issues related to registering the authorized persons of candidates for the post of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as other matters pertinent to the powers of the Commission, and took appropriate decisions.
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The Republican Press Center for covering the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan played host to an online briefing for representatives of national and foreign media.
Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirzo-Ulugbek Abdusalomov informed the journalists on the outcomes of the CEC meeting as well as on the preparations for the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
It was noted that the electoral season has been in full compliance with the electoral laws of the country and approved by the CEC program of major events on the preparation and holding of presidential elections.
In accordance with the law, the runners are provided with equal rights to use the media in the manner prescribed by the Central Election Commission.
In particular, taking into account the proposals of political parties, each candidate for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in order for them to inform the voters of the basic provisions of their electoral programs, they are provided with free 638 minutes of airtime for each on Uzbekistan and Yoshlar television and radio channels of the National TV and Radio Company, 206 minutes each on the 12 local TV and radio channels of the National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan, and 286 minutes on Toshkent TV and radio channel.
Candidates are provided with print space free of charge, in particular in the newspapers Khalq Suzi, Narodnoe Slovo and Pravda Vostoka with 6 pages each, 5 pages each in the papers Ovozi Tojik and Nurly Zhol, as well as 55.5 print space stripes in 30 local newspapers in general. In regions of the country, each candidate will be provide with a total of 642 stands by means of outdoor advertising, special constructions, screens, billboards, as well as the opportunity to use electronic monitors 36 throughout the nation for free placement of campaigning videos.
Candidates for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan independently determine the types, forms, methods and content of their election campaigning materials in the media.
The principle of creating equal conditions during the election campaign does not apply to the party press, which has the right to publish relevant material in any amount.
It was noted that the Central Election Commission has defined specific measures for the election campaign to pass in full compliance with the laws of our country.
During the occasion, the participants were also briefed on the work undertaken in preparation for the elections. Thus, 9,378 polling stations, including 44 under diplomatic and consular missions of the republic in foreign countries, have been established for the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Polling stations are provided with all necessary communications, computer and office equipment, law literature. The designated areas are set for secret voting booths and ballot boxes.
District election commissions have formed the compositions of precinct election commissions to carry out activities, which attracted more than 98 thousand people. Of these, 69% had previously been directly involved in the work of election commissions, and in this respect, have certain experience. Women make up 47.4% of the members of precinct election commissions and 26.7% of the total number of their chairpersons.
The briefing participants noted that special attention is paid to ensure openness and transparency of the election campaign, the creation of conditions for wider media access to information relating to the preparation and conduct of the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Central Election Commission has accredited more than 500 representatives of national and foreign media, and about 560 local journalists have been accredited by district election commissions.
(Source: Republican Press Center for Covering the Elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)