Oct 24, 2021
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Polling stations open in Uzbekistan for presidential elections

Polling stations have opened on the territory of Uzbekistan for the presidential elections in the republic. Reported by RIA Novosti.

According to the source, 10,760 polling stations are involved in the elections, which will operate from 08:00 (06:00 Moscow time) to 20:00 (18:00 Moscow time). In addition, about a hundred voting points have been opened in the diplomatic missions of Uzbekistan in other countries. According to the Central Election Commission of the republic, 19.86 million people are on the voter list.

It is reported that five candidates from five officially operating political factions in the country are taking part in the elections. Experts believe that incumbent President Shavkat Mirziev, who represents the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP), has the best chance of winning. He advocates expanding cooperation with the Russian Federation, China, the United States and the countries of Central Asia. In addition, he supports the integration of the republic with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Other candidates include the deputy chairman of the country’s oldest People’s Democratic Party (PDPU) Maksud Varisova, as well as the chairman of the Ecological Party, Narzullo Oblomuradov. They call for the development of allied ties with the Russian Federation.

Bakhrom Abdukhalimov, the head of the Adolat (Justice) party, a participant in the presidential elections, intends to carry out reforms in the field of education and focus on solving the country’s housing problems. Another candidate and Chairman of the Milliy Tiklanish (National Revival) faction, Alisher Kadyrov, has a negative attitude towards Uzbekistan’s cooperation with the EAEU. In addition, he advocates for the protection of national traditions in society and proposes to introduce administrative responsibility for disrespect for them.

To win, a candidate needs to get more than 50% of the votes. The turnout threshold is 33%.

Earlier it was reported that early voting in the presidential elections had started in Uzbekistan. It took place from 14 to 20 October.

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