In accordance with Article 117 of the Constitution, Article 2 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the next elections to the representative bodies of state power and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan” and Article 8 of the Law “On Elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “, March 29th, 2015 was announced as the day of President elections in Uzbekistan.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved the Program substantive preparations for and conduct of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which will be held openly and publicly, in strict accordance with the Constitution and the electoral law.
CEC also adopted a resolution on the formation of the Republican press center for coverage of the upcoming presidential election, which is located at the following address: 16, Navoi St, Tashkent.
Current President Islam Karimov, 76, who has ruled the country of 30 million since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has not publicly named a successor. He indicated in May that he wants to stay on in his role. Karimov won a new seven-year term in December 2007. Central Election Commission chief Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov told reporters on Friday that the next presidential vote would be held on March 29, 2015 and that campaigning had begun this Friday. In 2012, the country’s parliament amended the constitution to cut the presidential term to five from seven years. Earlier this month Uzbeks voted in parliamentary elections where all four competing parties supported Karimov. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the vote was “competently administered but lacked genuine electoral competition and debate” said AFP.