TASHKENT, December 2. /TASS/. Presidential elections in Uzbekistan due to take place on December 4 are a major event that will determine the vector for the republic’s development, chairman of the Uzbek Central Election Commission (CEC) Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said in an address on Friday.
"The forthcoming elections are a major event that will determine the vector for Uzbekistan’s development and the future of our children," he stressed. "The great future of our motherland directly depends on participation of each voter in the polling."
Addressing the country’s electorate, Abdusalomov noted that it will be "the most important political event in the country’s life." He reminded that under the constitution the country’s president is elected for a term of five year "in public, direct and secret voting."
He underscored that the citizens’ electoral rights are guaranteed by the law and all conditions have been created for a free expression of will. According to the Central Election Commission chairman, bearing in mind that people of different nationalities live in Uzbekistan, all documents are available in the Uzbek, Karakalpak, Russian, Kazakh and Tajik languages. Each voter has one vote and cannot vote for other persons, he added.
Four candidates from all Uzbekistan’s officially registered parties are vying for presidency. Acting President and Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev was nominated by the Movement of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen/the Liberal Democratic Party. The People’s Democratic Party nominated Khatamzhon Ketmonov, the Milliy Tiklanich (National Revival) Democratic Party nominated Sarvar Otamuratov, and Nariman Umarov is the nominee of the Adolat (Justice) Social Democratic Party.
Under the Uzbek current laws, elections will be recognized valid if the voter turnout exceeds 33%. The winning candidate is to score more than 50% of voters. The early presidential elections were appointed after the death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov on September 2.