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Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan: the presidential elections will be held according to the highest international standards and norms

Tashkent (UNA) - The Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan confirmed that the presidential elections expected to take place next October 24 will meet the highest international standards and norms in a fair and transparent manner. The Central Committee revealed that the electoral campaigns for the presidential candidates began on September 20. The Committee urged the media to create the necessary conditions for candidates to appear during election campaigns within the free broadcast times and spaces allocated to them, and to adhere to equality in media coverage of election events, during news programs and other media materials. A number of well-known international observation groups are expected to participate in monitoring the elections, specifically from the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and other international institutions. This September, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights launched an election observation mission for the presidential elections in Uzbekistan. The mission consists of 11 core experts who will be deployed in the capital, Tashkent, and 28 long-term observers who will be deployed across the country starting September 24. The OSCE countries will also send 250 short-term observers, and they are expected to arrive several days before the start of the elections. According to the Central Election Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, 54 fixed polling centers will be opened in 38 countries where there are diplomatic missions of Uzbekistan, while 316 polling centers will be opened in 128 cities in these countries, and in 11 countries where there is no representation. (I finish)

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