By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Uzbekistan to hold elections of deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (parliament) of the Republic of Uzbekistan and deputies of local “Kengashes” on December 22, 2019.
The upcoming parliamentary elections will be held under the slogan “New Uzbekistan – new elections”, in which citizens of Uzbekistan will elect not only deputies of the Oliy Majlis, but also local Kengashes.
In Uzbekistan, which has entered the democratic stage of its own development, a new campaign has begun on the election of deputies to the new parliament and new local Kengashes.
This election will be another bright manifestation of advanced democratic ideas embodied in the Strategy of Actions in Five Priority Areas for the Development of Uzbekistan, 2017-2021. They are an integral part of the ongoing dynamic reforms in the political, legal, socio-economic, cultural, spiritual and educational fields.
A consistent and confident policy pursued by the state gives high results. The international community recognizes the growing authority of Uzbekistan and seeks to expand cooperation with it. The principles of multi-party system, political pluralism, multilateralism, openness, transparency and tolerance are increasingly being established in the society of Uzbekistan.
Representatives of international organizations such as the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the World Association of Electoral Agencies, Organization of economic cooperation, Asian Parliamentary Assembly, as well as 26 foreign electoral bodies, parliamentarians of foreign states, representatives of research institutes and others are expected to participate in the upcoming elections as observers.
According to article 33 of the Election Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, foreign (international) observers have the right to participate in all activities for the preparation and conduct of elections.
This demonstrates the transparency and openness of the electoral process in Uzbekistan, as well as the country’s commitment to its obligations under international instruments and universally recognized democratic principles. Currently, political parties have begun their campaigning and debate through the media, as well as television, public information and telecommunication networks.