MPs approve bill to amend Election Code of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 4 May 2021, at a regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, a draft law "On Amendments and Additions to the Election Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan", developed by a group of deputies, was considered in the first reading.
As it was emphasized, the analysis of the current electoral legislation shows that there are certain problems with holding meetings with voters and complaints about the actions and decisions of election commissions. Based on this, this bill introduces amendments and additions to 11 articles of the Electoral Code.
During the development of the project, the electoral legislation of many advanced democratic countries was studied, the opinions of lawyers, scientists and specialists were collected on further improvement based on the analysis of national legislation. The recommendations of the mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were taken into account. As a result, the code has been enriched with norms that meet a number of democratic principles that have not yet been regulated.
The bill is supplemented by such norms as holding an event for a notification in accordance with which the organizer of a mass event, 3 days before its holding, informs the district (city) khokimiyats about this in writing about the time and place of meetings with voters and candidates, when collecting signatures in support of a political party or a candidate for the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, citizens can use an ID-card for personal identification.
In addition, the bill proposes that complaints about the actions and decisions of election commissions were considered only in court, and the district election commission for the election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan consisted of 11-18 members.
According to the deputies, the adoption of the bill will serve to further improve the national electoral legislation on the basis of generally recognized international electoral standards and inform the international community about the ongoing democratic reforms in this area.
At the meeting, the bill was adopted by the deputies.