TASHKENT, December 4. /TASS/. The voter turnout at Sunday’s early presidential elections in Uzbekistan reached 87.83%, a spokesman for the Central Election Commission (CEC) told TASS.
"This is a figure at the time of closing polling station in Uzbekistan and does not include data from Novosibirsk, Moscow and the United States," the spokesman said.
According to the Central Election Commission, the highest turnout of 89.29% was reported from the Dhizaksaya district, and the lowest turnout of 86.61% - from Namangan district.
Early presidential elections were held in Uzbekistan on Sunday. Polling stations opened at 06:00 a.m. local time (04:00 a.m. Moscow time) and by 11:00 local time the elections were recognized as valid as the threshold of 33% was exceeded.
The early presidential elections were appointed after the death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov on September 2.
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 are recognized valid when the voter turnout exceeds 33% The winning candidate is to score more than 50% of voters.