On Sunday, a vote in the next presidential election is taking place in Uzbekistan.
After the death in September 2016 of the first President Islam Karimov, who led the country for 27 years, early presidential elections were held in Uzbekistan in December of the same year.
Polling stations in the country opened at 08:00 local time and will close at 20:00.
The population of Uzbekistan is over 35 million people, of which 21 million 266 thousand have the right to vote. There are 10,760 ballot boxes installed throughout the country.
According to the law, presidential candidates can only be nominated by political parties.
The candidates for the upcoming elections are Narzulla Ablamuradov from the Ecological Party of Uzbekistan, Maksud Varisova from the People’s Democratic Party, Alisher Kadyrov from the Democratic National Revival Party, Bahrom Abdukhalimov from the Social Democratic Party Justice and incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev from the Liberal Democratic Party Uzbekistan.
The elections will be recognized as valid if the electoral turnout is over 33 percent. To win, a candidate needs to win more than 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, a second round of voting will be scheduled, in which the two candidates with the highest number of votes will participate.
The voting process will be monitored by about 1,000 international observers from more than 50 countries and organizations, including the OSCE, the OIC, the Turkic Council and the CIS. The elections will be covered by over 1,700 local and foreign journalists.
According to Uzbek law, the president is elected for a term of 5 years. Citizens of Uzbekistan who speak the Uzbek language, who have reached the age of 35 and have permanently resided in the country for the past 10 years, can become candidates.
The current head of state, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, won the presidential elections in Uzbekistan in December 2016 with 88.61 percent of the vote.
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