NEWS AND EVENTS
December 11, 2009
ODIHR observers mission starts work
The members of the mission of observers of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights received mandates for the monitoring of the parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan.
At the meeting at the Central Election Commission, the ODIHR experts (the mission consists of 13 persons) were provided with information on the preparation to the elections, to be held on 27 December.
The commission chairman Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov told the mission about the changes introduced in the election legislation, among which is the allocation of 15 seats in the lower house of parliament to the Environmental Movement.
“I see readiness for cooperation and believe that we can work together,” Ionella Brunetti, head of OSCE ODIHR mission said. “Our mission arrived in Uzbekistan to provide assistance in conducting the elections. Based on what I have observed from the very start of the development of the election legislation, I can say a lot has been changed to the present moment.”
The head of the mission said ODIHR intended to visit a number of election stations in various regions of the country to familiarize with the preparation to the elections.
The experts of the mission will stay in Uzbekistan until 31 December. They will evaluate the genera framework of the conduction of the elections, as well as implementation of the previous ODIHR recommendations, and prepare a report on the results of the evaluation.
The experts will also hold meetings with the representatives of the state bodies, candidates, political parties, civil society and the media