By the Presidential Decree No. PF-68 of May 8, 2023, “On Calling the Early Election of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan,” the early presidential elections in Uzbekistan are scheduled for July 9, 2023.
According to the amendments to the Election Code made by the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan, if the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan calls for early presidential elections, they shall be held within two months in full compliance with the Election Code. The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan shall set the timing of activities related to the preparation and conduct of the election.
According to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan decision, the election campaign for the presidential elections to be held on July 9 this year started on May 10.
The gradual implementation of activities related to the election within the legal framework is essential. For this purpose, the CEC adopted a calendar plan to prepare and hold the election.
This Calendar plan provides the activities outlined in the legislation and the deadlines for their implementation in a logical sequence. In particular, the Calendar plan schedules 51 activities in 7 areas of the electoral process.
The Calendar plan will ensure that the election process is properly and efficiently organized, in compliance with legal requirements, and that the available resources and capabilities are rationally allocated and mobilized. The Calendar plan will help the smooth performance of electoral activities at all stages.
May 24, the Central Election Commission held its meeting, the agenda of which included the establishment of polling stations at diplomatic and other missions of Uzbekistan in foreign countries and the establishment of expert groups to verify the accuracy of the signature lists submitted by political parties.
Polling stations are established at diplomatic missions and other representative offices of the Republic of Uzbekistan abroad in accordance with the Election Code and the Regulation, approved by the CEC resolution No.966 of October 22, 2019, and upon the submission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Based on these requirements, the Central Election Commission adopted a resolution on establishing 56 polling stations at diplomatic missions and other representative offices of our country abroad, which were assigned to the Tashkent city election district No.14.
The meeting also decided on establishing expert groups to verify the accuracy of the signature lists submitted by the political parties.
The expert groups consist of 36 forensic and handwriting experts, representatives of higher education institutions, non-governmental, non-profit organizations, and citizens' assemblies of the Mahallas. Authorized representatives of the political parties also participate in the review of the signature lists.