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In the Central Election Commission

In the Central Election Commission
This year on 27th of August, the Central Election Commission held a "round table" dedicated to ensuring citizens' right to vote. Members of the Central Election Commission, bodies of the procurator’s office, academics and experts in the field of electoral law, as well as media representatives took part in its work.

Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov, opening the event, said that it was being held on the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the Independence of Uzbekistan. During the years of independence, the country has formed an effective legislative, regulatory and legal framework of elections in accordance with international norms and principles. It was organized integral, independent system of election commissions headed by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan, provided the preparation and conduct of elections to representative bodies of state power. Organizational and legal, material and technical conditions for free and active participation of citizens and political parties in the electoral processes, as well as a strong guarantee for full realization of their right to vote.

In accordance with the laws the elections to representative bodies are held on a multiparty basis. It is ensured compliance with the principles of the rule of law, openness and transparency at every stage of the electoral process. Inter-party competition has been increasing, political parties orient their programs and platforms for specific tasks based on the needs of the electorate.

The role of the media in ensuring the transparency of elections, promptly informing the citizens about the preparation and conduct of the election campaign is rising. Political parties, candidates to deputies for election campaigning are guaranteed to be an equal amount of free air time and print space in the state media. From year to year the effective participation in the election campaigns of the party press and non-state media has been extending.

The participants of the "round table" noted that the improvement of electoral legislation is the result of profound democratic changes and reforms in state and social construction.

In this regard, it should be noted that the set out by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Concept of Further Deepening Democratic Reforms and Formation of civil society in the country, marked a new stage in the process of modernization and democratization of the scope of state and public construction, legal system, including the further improvement of the electoral law. The head of state has put forward a number of legislative initiatives that will be a logical continuation of the reforms that promote the further liberalization of the electoral process, strengthening its openness, improve existing mechanisms for the free and independent will of the citizens.

The country's parliament passed the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On amendments and additions to the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan" and "On elections to the regional, district and city councils of people's deputies" with regard to the further provision of freedom of choice and the development of the electoral law, which was developed in accordance with the concept.

The law introduced a number of innovations designed to implement the principle of freedom of choice and further democratization of the electoral system of the country.

Enforcement of the law of each depends on the awareness of it. Therefore, the Central Election Commission , in cooperation with parliamentarians , representatives of political parties, public associations and civil society held in April-May of this year, a national seminar in Tashkent and regional seminars, aimed at bringing to the public the nature and significance of this law. In addition, in May of this year in Khiva, an international "round table" dedicated to the international practice and experience of Uzbekistan in the sphere of democratization of the electoral system.

The event's participants agreed that the improvement of electoral legislation and measures to further democratize the electoral process provided, along with the development of mechanisms for the creation of equal conditions for political parties and candidates during the election campaign, providing an even more extensive legal guarantees to citizens for a free implementation of their right to vote, as well a to serve to strengthen the principle of freedom of choice and expression in this country.

Press-service of the Central Election Commission


28August 2013

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