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NEWS AND EVENTS
December 21, 2007
Press Release on upcoming presidential elections in Uzbekistan
On December 23, 2007 Uzbekistan will be holding presidential elections. For over years of independence the legal foundations for free democratic elections have been established in the country. They fully meet the international standards and promote realization of free expression of will by citizens. The Constitution of Uzbekistan, the laws ?On guarantees of suffrage of citizens?, ?On elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan? and other legislative acts guarantee the suffrage of citizens.

The Central Election Commission, district and precinct election commissions organize and hold the elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 8266 polling stations, including 43 abroad were established. The precinct election commissions were created and their staff has been approved.

The Central Election Commission has approved the list of political parties and initiative groups of voters allowed to participate in the elections of President of Uzbekistan. These are the Social-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan ?Adolat?, National-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan ?Fidokorlar?, Democratic Party of Uzbekistan ?Milliy Tiklanish?, People?s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Movement of entrepreneurs and businesspeople ? the Liberal-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan and the Initiative group of voters established on October 5, 2007 in the city of Tashkent.

The Central Election Commission has registered four candidates for President of the Republic of Uzbekistan: Asliddin Ashurbaevich Rustamov ? from the People?s-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, Diloram Gafurjanovna Tashmukhamedova ? from the Social-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan ?Adolat?, Akmal Kholmatovich Saidov ? from the initiative group of voters, Islam Abdughanievich Karimov ? from the Movement of entrepreneurs and businesspeople ? the Liberal-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan.

With an aim to provide for the transparency and publicity of the election campaign the website (www.elections.uz), electronic mail, the Press Center of the Central Election Commission and the press services of district election commissions have been established and are now successfully operating.

Up to date, the representatives of 5 international organizations and movements (CIS (78), OSCE (26), SCO (3), EurAsEC (2), OIC (6) and more than 30 countries of the world (in total 264)) were accredited at the Central Election Commission and have started to observe the elections. Besides, the district election commissions have issued the mandates to more than 23000 local observers.

Programs and biographies of candidates are available at www.elections.uz. Citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan who reside in the United States could participate in voting at the Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States.

The Embassy of Uzbekistan Washington, DC


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