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Elections — Integral Feature of a Democratic Constitutional State
The Statue of Amir Temur in Tashkent: The Statue of Amir Timur stands majestically in the Amir Temur Square and Monument in Tashkent. Temur (1336-1405), the commander and founder of a huge medieval empire, is the symbol of courage and hope for Uzbek people. Temur, the national hero, is also called Timur or Tamerlane.

Thorough preparations are being conducted for the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan at a high level in all regions of Uzbekistan. Conducting elections in the country based on the principles of freedom, openness and transparency plays an important role in building a democratic state of law.

As it had been noted by the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, the election is a significant and decisive factor, an integral feature of a democratic constitutional state, which reflects international standards in the country, the form of a free will of people, participation of citizens in the state governance.

The election campaign in Uzbekistan is carried out in full compliance with the electoral legislation of the country and approved by the CEC Program of basic measures on preparation and conduction of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In accordance with the Article 28 of the Law “On elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, the pre-election campaign has started from the day of registration of candidates for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In accordance with the law, the candidates are provided an equal right to use the mass media in the manner prescribed by the Central Election Commission.

Candidates for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan independently determine the types, forms, methods and content of the pre-election campaign materials in the mass media. The principle of creating equal conditions during the pre-election campaign does not apply to the party press, which has the right to publish relevant materials in any amount.

The CEC identified specific measures on conduction of the pre-election campaign in full compliance with the legislation of our country.

It should be noted that 9,378 polling stations are established for conducting the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, including 44 at the representative offices of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign countries. Polling stations are provided with all necessary communications equipment, computer and office equipment, legal literature. The designated areas are set with booths for secret voting, ballot boxes.

District election commissions have formed compositions of precinct election commissions for carrying out activities which attracted more than 98 thousand people. Of these, 69% had previously been directly involved in the activities of election commissions, and in this respect, have a certain experience. As part of the precinct election commissions, women make up 47,4% of members of precinct election commissions and 26,7% of the total number of their chairmen.

21 million 435 thousand voters are registered in the country, of which more than 10 million 825 thousand are women, over 555 thousand – young people who will vote for the first time.

Particular attention is paid to issues of ensuring openness and transparency of the election campaign, creation of all conditions for wider mass media access to information relating to the preparation and conduction of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Central Election Commission has accredited more than 500 representatives of domestic and foreign mass media, the district election commissions – about 560 local journalists.

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