Parliamentary elections underway in Uzbekistan
Elections to the 150 seat Legislative Chamber, the lower chamber of parliament, Olij Mazhlis, as well as to councils of representatives in the country’s provinces, districts, and cities are taking place today in Uzbekistan.
There are four official parties standing in the parliamentary election all of which were created with President Islam Karimov’s blessing. They are the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP); the Milliy Tiklanish Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (NDPU) and the Adolat Social-Democratic Party of Uzbekistan. A special ‘green’ quota of 15 seats will also be elected for and by the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan at their convention today.
The Liberal Democratic Party won 53 seats in the 2009/10 election whilst the People’s Democratic Party came second with 32 seats. The Milliy Tiklanish Democratic Party took third place with 31 seats and the Adolat Social-Democratic Party came fourth with 19 seats.
A total of 20,789,572 people are eligible to vote for the 135 members of parliament across 8,991 polling stations from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time and there are 535 candidates standing. There are also 44 polling stations abroad.