Parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan were held at a high organizational level - European experts
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - The Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Benelux countries Dilyor Khakimov met with the director of the VoteWatch Europe analytical center Doru Francescu and the leading researcher of the center, David Ferrari, who took part in monitoring the parliamentary elections in our country, Dunyo news agency reported.
The European experts noted that during a visit to Uzbekistan they witnessed large-scale transformations and significant progress achieved in democratizing the country in recent years. In their opinion, due to its open domestic and foreign policy, Uzbekistan managed in a short time to significantly improve its image on the world stage and establish good neighborly relations with Central Asian states.
Sharing their observations, they emphasized that the parliamentary elections were held transparently, at a high organizational level and in accordance with international standards. All the necessary conditions were created for voters, who were highly active in voting both in the republic and abroad. Candidates for deputies were given equal opportunities for the election campaign. Monitoring of the entire process was conducted by observers from foreign countries and international organizations, including the full-fledged OSCE / ODIHR mission.
Particularly it was noted that the openness and freedom in the activities of the Uzbek media.
“The elections are over, but we hope that after them the officials will be held accountable to the people,” said Douro Francescu, director of the VoteWatch Europe analytical center, in an interview with Dunyo. - This will be one of the main tasks of parliamentarians when they begin to fulfill their duties. Without this, it is impossible to continue the formation of democratic institutions. I would also like to note that it is necessary to increase the ability of political parties to work out concrete proposals and increase competition between them. This would be useful for the people, for pluralism and the expansion of alternatives. This is important for the work of the new parliament.
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