OSCE Parliamentary Assembly ready to support democratic development of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly published on its website an official announcement about the decision to send parliamentarians for the first time to observe the elections to the Oliy Majlis on 22 December.
The OSCE PA delegation will include more than 50 representatives of the parliaments of 25 OSCE participating states, such as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and others. The delegation will be led by OSCE PA Vice President Kari Henriksen from Norway.
An official statement by the OSCE PA emphasizes that the decision to send a representative delegation is associated with the launch of large-scale reforms in Uzbekistan, including a significant update of the electoral law. At the same time, OSCE parliamentarians see the upcoming elections as a test of the reforms being carried out in Uzbekistan and express their readiness to provide comprehensive assistance to the democratic transformations in the country.
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, which has been monitoring elections since 1993, has visited more than 30 OSCE participating countries to this day, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and other countries. Conclusions and evaluations of the delegation of the OSCE PA will allow Uzbekistan to further improve its electoral legislation and electoral practices.
Over the past three years, Uzbekistan has significantly intensified cooperation with the OSCE PA; since 2017, the country’s delegation has been regularly participating in Assembly sessions.
In 2017, OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen paid an official visit to our country. In 2018, OSCE PA President Georgy Tsereteli and Secretary General Roberto Montella made an official visit.
Tsereteli, who participated in the first Asian human rights forum in Samarkand in 2018, highly praised the reforms initiated by the President of Uzbekistan in the field of protecting human rights, ensuring the rule of law, independence of the judiciary.
The parliamentary elections of 2019 in Uzbekistan are first observed by the OSCE / ODIHR full-scale mission, which has launched its activities in Uzbekistan since November 25 of this year.
The interim report of the OSCE / ODIHR Mission was published on the eve, covering the period from 25 November to 10 December. It recognizes marked progress in improving the electoral law and electoral practice, states the efforts of the government to modernize the public and public administration system. On the whole, a positive assessment was given to the preparations for this important political event.
Moreover, on 17 December, 224 short-term observers from 30 OSCE participating countries are expected to monitor the elections directly in the regions.
The functions of the special coordinator and leader of the OSCE / ODIHR short-term observer mission were entrusted to the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Georgy Tsereteli.
Foreign experts evaluate the decision to send two OSCE missions (ODIHR and PA) to observe the parliamentary elections as evidence of the OSCE’s recognition of the democratic reforms implemented in Uzbekistan, as well as a high level of confidence in the election process, which has an important role to play in enhancing the parliament’s influence on democratic processes in the country.
It is also noted that the wide representation of international observers in parliamentary elections is a clear demonstration of Uzbekistan’s firm determination to hold fair, honest, transparent and truly democratic elections that meet international standards and generally accepted norms.