Tashkent – July 10, 2023: The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, won the early presidential elections that took place yesterday, “Sunday”, by obtaining 87.05% of the votes, according to the announcement of the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan, in the face of five opponents, thus confirming the re-election of Mirziyoyev for a presidential term. A third period of seven years.
Chairman of the CEC (Central Election Commission) Zainiddin Nizamkhojae, said that the presidential elections that took place yesterday “Sunday” were a vivid expression of the high thought and wisdom of our people, explaining that out of the 19 million 593,838 voters included in the lists, 15 million 651,405 voters participated in the elections. Presidential elections in Uzbekistan, including citizens who voted abroad.
The participation rate reached about 70% in the last hours of the day, while about 19.6 million Uzbeks have the right to vote. Last May, the Uzbeks voted in favor of the constitutional amendments by a majority of 90.21%.
Mirziyoyev, 65, had called snap elections after a constitutional amendment extended the president’s term of office to seven years instead of five, among other changes.
According to preliminary data, the candidates: Ulugbek Inoyatov, the candidate of the Uzbek People’s Democratic Party – 4.02%, while Shaukat Mirziyoyev, the candidate of the Businessmen Movement – the Uzbek Liberal Democratic Party, won 87.05% of the vote, and Rubakhon Mahmudova of the Uzbek Social Democratic Party Adolat won 4.43%. %, and at the same time Abdulshakur Khamzaev for the Environmental Party of Uzbekistan achieved – 3.74%.
“According to the Elections Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a candidate who receives more than half of the votes, that is, more than 50 percent of the votes, is considered president,” added the Chairman of the Central Election Commission. Accordingly, the re-elected President Mirziyoyev won a convincing victory with a score of 87.05. % of the vote and re-elected President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Mirziyoyev had achieved decisive results in 2021 in the wake of liberal reforms carried out by Mirziyoyev, who received 80.1% of the vote, in the face of four opposition parties, while Mirziyoyev won the 2016 elections with 88.6% of the vote, while the turnout was At that time, 87%, while Mirziyoyev signed a constitutional law allowing the country’s president to announce early presidential elections, and to amend the country’s president’s term from 5 to 7 years.
Mirziyoyev was elected president of Uzbekistan in early presidential elections in December 2016, 3 months after the death of the first Uzbek president, Islam Karimov, who had ruled Uzbekistan since 1989. In October 2021, Mirziyoyev was re-elected to the post of president of the country.
Under Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan entered a new stage of development. During the past period, a large number of basic reforms were implemented that included all areas of social, political and economic life of society, while democratic transformations aimed at ensuring a wide range of human rights and freedoms, liberating social and political life, and freedom of the media, which are reflected in the new version Of the constitution, among the most important directions. These reforms have also enabled the modernization of national electoral legislation, facilitating the conduct of elections on a new level.
The recent elections were monitored by representatives of international organizations such as the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. As well as observers from the legislative and electoral bodies of foreign countries.
According to Article 62, a political party has the right to nominate candidates, provided that it is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan no later than four months before the day the start of the election campaign is announced.
Officially active opposition political parties in Uzbekistan are: the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Social Democratic Party “Adolat”, the Democratic Party “Meli Teklanish”, and the liberal environmental and democratic parties of Uzbekistan.
In accordance with Article 37 of the Elections Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, political parties have the right to nominate a candidate for the post of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
In accordance with Article 62, a political party has the right to nominate candidates, provided that it is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan no later than four months before the day the start of the election campaign is announced.
Currently, five active political parties are officially registered in Uzbekistan: the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Social Democratic Party “Adolat”, the Democratic Party “Meli-Teklanish”, and the liberal environmental and democratic parties of Uzbekistan.
The Elections Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan establishes the list of documents that political parties must submit to participate in the presidential elections of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Thus, in accordance with Article 63, in order to participate in elections, a political party must submit to the Central Election Commission: an application for participation in elections signed by the head of the party, a certificate from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan containing information on the registration of a political party, information about the presidential candidate future Republic of Uzbekistan.
On the basis of the submitted documents, the Central Election Commission makes a final decision on the admission of the party to participate in the elections within five days and issues the authorized representative of the political party a certificate of registration and participation forms of the specified sample. The list of parties participating in the elections, according to the priority of receiving applications, is published in the central press.