November 30, 2016
Independent monitoring: Uzbekistan is ready for elections
The official website of the Independent Institute for monitoring the formation of civil society (IIMFCS) published a preliminary report on the results of monitoring of the election campaign for the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

IIMFCS started monitoring the election campaign on September 15 of this year since the announcement of its beginning by CEC on September 9. It is noteworthy that the monitoring has become part of the work of the experts of IIMFCS on independent and systematic study and analysis of the processes of development of the electoral law and practice in Uzbekistan.

All the stages of preparation for the elections are in the monitoring range. The activity of territorial divisions of IIMFCS in regions allowed forming an objective picture of the election campaign in the whole country.

The report says that the electoral legislation was formed in Uzbekistan that fully complies with universally recognized international standards. It secured a reliable guarantee of the rights of citizens to elect and to be elected, the right to free expression.

All activities for the organization and holding of the presidential elections are carried out in full compliance with legal regulations and program of basic measures on preparation and holding of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, approved by the Central Election Commission on September 9.

Publication of the stated program on the CEC web site, as well as its dissemination in the form of a brochure, created broad prerequisites for the conduct of public scrutiny of the preparation and conduct of elections, all stages of the electoral process.

14 county and 9383 precinct election commissions, which have been formed on a democratic basis based on the proposals and recommendations of the representative of local authorities and self-government bodies and are independent and autonomous in their activities, governed exclusively by the laws and regulations and instructions of the CEC, contribute to conducting genuine, fair, honest and transparent elections.

To fully ensure the electoral rights of citizens the polling stations and the relevant committees have also been formed in military units, in places of temporary detention with missions of the country abroad.

Attention is drawn to the personal composition of precinct election commissions, which significantly increased the representation of NGO activists (10%) - women's committees (4778), trade unions (2321), "Kamolot" Public Youth Movement (3395), representatives of ethnic groups living in Uzbekistan - Korean, Ukrainian, Russian, Turkmen, Tajiks, Kazakhs, Kirghiz and others (11%). The activity of women in the electoral process increased significantly. Thus, their representation in the district election commissions reaches 36.8 percent, with 12 of them - in the leadership of election commissions. The composition of the precinct election commissions includes 47 percent women. They carry out effective explanatory work among the female population.

It is also important that more than 60% of all the members of precinct election commissions have already had experience in preparation for the elections. To increase the knowledge of members of election commissions, teach them the latest changes and additions to the electoral law training-seminars in all regions of the country were held in three stages.

In order to ensure transparency and openness of the electoral process, the CEC formed the Republican press center for coverage of the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the press centers at the district election commissions, which provide all the possible assistance to the media in the coverage of the election campaign. More than ever, but this election include 1222 accredited media representatives, among them journalists of about 30 foreign media companies.

The report highlights that during the election campaign for the election struggle of candidates for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the political parties that nominated equal opportunities for the conduct of pre-election campaign have been provided for them. Special CEC Decree clearly regulates the procedure for the election campaign, has given equal space in the central press and equal airtime on public TV and radio channels, which are used to the full.

According to the Law "On elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan" one observer from political parties has the right to participate at all meetings for the preparation and conduct of elections, as well as in polling stations on Election Day and during vote counting at each polling station. It is expected that more than 37 thousand observers from the four political parties, 6000 of whom are activists of NGOs, will take part on Election Day.

Acceptance of the Program of measures to further improve the legal culture of voters held in the run-up to the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan gained positive assessment by IIMFCS as a factor contributing to the growth of justice and electoral activity of citizens. It is noteworthy that non-state non-profit organizations are actively involved in the implementation of the program on the basis of social partnership.

Moreover, ensuring equal suffrage for all contribute to creating the conditions for voting by persons with disabilities. Papers using Braille were published for blind, events are covered using sign language, and almost all polling stations are equipped with ramps and cabins adapted for voting by persons with disabilities.

The report demonstrates data from survey of electoral sentiment in society, rather high rates of citizensí readiness to take part in the elections (95%), high level of civic motivation, which is comparable with the data of the polls by the Centre for Public Opinion Research "Ijtimoiy Fikr" and analysis in the national and foreign media.

In general, the report said, preparations for the elections are carried out systematically and consistently in accordance with the law and international standards, in an atmosphere of maintaining economic stability, peace and harmony in society and its cohesion on the eve of the most important political event in the country.

(Source: UzReport.uz)


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