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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

"Elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan"

(New edition)

 

I. ELECTIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER OF THE OLIY MAJLIS OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Basic principles of elections of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

The Legislative Chamber (lower chamber) of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter – Legislative Chamber) shall consist of one hundred and twenty deputies elected for five-year term from single mandate territorial electoral districts on multiparty basis.

Deputies of the Legislative Chamber shall be elected on the basis of universal equal direct suffrage with secret voting.

Article 2. Universal suffrage

Election of deputies of the Legislative Chamber shall be universal. Citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter - citizens) who have attained the age of eighteen years old on the day of elections shall have the right to elect.

Citizens who have attained the age of twenty five years old on the day of elections and have permanently resided in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan no less than five years shall have the right to be elected to the Legislative Chamber.

Citizens, ruled incapable by court, and held in the penitentiary facilities serving court sentences shall not be elected and shall not participate in the elections.

Article 3. Equal suffrage

Each citizen – voter shall have one vote.

Citizens, regardless of gender, race, nationality, language, religious affiliation, social background, values, personal and social status, education, type and nature of position, shall have equal voting rights.

Article 4. Direct suffrage

Deputies of Legislative Chamber shall be elected by citizens directly.

Article 5. Secret vote

Voting in the election of the deputies of Legislative Chamber shall be free and secret. Control over exercise of voting rights shall not be permitted.

Article 6. Transparency in preparation and holding of the elections

Preparation and holding of the elections to the Legislative Chamber shall be undertaken by electoral commissions in open and transparent manner.

Electoral commissions shall inform citizens of their work, of establishment of electoral districts, wards, of members of electoral commission, of their location and business hours, disclose voters register, the list of the political parties running in the elections, provide information about the candidates for deputy of the Legislative Chamber (hereinafter – candidate for deputy), and results of votes and elections.

The media of the Republic of Uzbekistan shall broadcast the preparation and holding of elections.

One representative of each political party and voter initiative groups that nominated their candidates for deputy, representatives of the media, observers from other countries, international organizations and groups shall have the right to be present in all procedures for preparation and holding of elections, and in the election premises on the day of elections and counting of votes. Their authority must be proven by relevant documents.

Interested organizations and voter initiative groups shall inform district electoral commissions of their observers of the elections of the Legislative Chamber (hereinafter – district electoral commissions) no less than fifteen days prior to elections.

District electoral commission in five days after submission of the applications of interested organizations and voter initiative groups shall issue mandates to the observers, sample whereof shall be approved by the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter - Central Electoral Commission).

Observers shall have the right:

Be present in the meetings to nominate candidates for deputy, meetings of district and ward electoral commissions;

Be present at the election premises and observe preparation work, setting and stamping of ballot boxes, and distribution of election ballots to the citizens;

Be present at counting of votes and writing of protocol of the ward electoral commission;

Request and receive copies of documents on the outcome of elections approved by the respective electoral commission;

Inform superior electoral commission of his observation, provided there are grounds to believe that violations of this Law occurred at the election premises.

Observers shall not:

Be in the booth or room for secret voting, when voter is marking on the election ballot;

Influence voters, distribute campaigning materials or literature;

Ask voters who they voted for, or provide assistance to voters in marking the election ballot;

Interfere in the work of ward electoral commission, including stamping and opening of ballot boxes, and counting of votes.

Chapter 2. Electoral districts and electoral wards

Article 7. Establishment of electoral districts

One hundred and twenty territorial electoral districts shall be formed for elections to the Legislative Chamber. One deputy shall be elected from each electoral district.

Electoral districts for election of deputies to the Legislative Chamber (hereinafter – electoral districts) shall be formed by the Central Electoral Commission in accordance with proposals of Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, authorities of regions and of Tashkent city. Borders of electoral districts shall be drawn with the consideration of administrative and territorial composition of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions, and Tashkent city.

Electoral districts shall generally be formed with the equal number of voters throughout the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Limit of voters per each electoral district shall be set by Central Electoral Commission for each election.

The list of the electoral districts with their borders and number of voters shall be published Central Electoral Commission no less than seventy five days prior to elections.

Article 8. Order and criteria of establishment of electoral wards

Electoral wards shall be formed considering the borders of districts, cities, urban districts with the purpose of creating the best conditions for voters. Electoral wards shall also be formed in military units and included in electoral districts by the location of the regiment. Borders of the electoral wards shall not cross the borders of electoral districts.

Electoral wards may be established at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas, in the spa and health resorts, hospitals, and other boarding treatment facilities, and residence areas located in remote and inaccessible areas. These electoral wards shall be included in the electoral districts of their location. The issue of inclusion of electoral wards in electoral districts shall be determined by the Central Electoral Commission.

Electoral wards shall be formed by the district electoral commissions on the proposal of district and town administrations. Electoral wards in military units shall be formed by the district electoral commissions in accordance with the proposal of the commander of the regiment or military units. Electoral wards at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas shall be formed by the Central Electoral Commission in accordance with the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Electoral wards shall be formed no less than sixty days prior to elections. Electoral wards in military units and Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas, and in remote and inaccessible areas shall be formed in the same period, and in exceptional cases – no later than five days prior to elections.

Electoral wards shall generally include no less than twenty voters and no more than three thousand voters.

Premises for organization of elections for each electoral ward shall be allocated by the administration of districts and towns.

District electoral commission shall ensure informing the voters of the borders of each electoral ward indicating the location of the ward electoral commission and voting premises.

Chapter 3. Electoral commissions.

Article 9. System of electoral commissions

Elections of the Legislative Chamber shall be organized and held by:

Central Electoral Commission;

District electoral commissions;

Ward electoral commissions.

Article 10. Establishment of the Central Electoral Commission

Central Electoral Commission shall be formed in conformity with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan".

Article 11. Authority of the Central Electoral Commission

The Central Electoral Commission shall:

  1. Ensure implementation of this Law across the entire territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and its uniform application, issue instructions within the limits of its authority and provide advice on the issues of organization of elections;
  2. Form electoral districts, assign them names and numbers;
  3. Form district electoral commissions and publish the data of their location;
  4. Oversee the work of electoral commissions, determine the order of changing their membership, annul decisions of district electoral commissions independently or by proposal of Prosecutor General in the cases of these decisions being in discord with this Law;
  5. Decide the issues of assignment of electoral wards located overseas to electoral districts;
  6. Accept respective applications from political parties, voter initiative groups that nominated candidates for deputy;
  7. Register candidates for deputy;
  8. Provide equal conditions for candidates for participation in election campaign;
  9. Allocate funds for electoral commissions, ensure the provision of premises and means of communications and transport to electoral commissions, address the issues of logistical maintenance of elections;
  10. Approve samples and forms of election ballots for election of deputies of Legislative Chamber, of voters registers, signature lists, protocols of electoral commissions, other electoral documents, samples of ballot boxes and stamps of electoral commissions, and order of storage of election documents;
  11. Hear reports of the representatives of political parties, ministries, state committees and agencies, local authorities, other government agencies and public groups on the issues of preparation and holding of elections;
  12. Summarize the outcome of elections in the entire Republic of Uzbekistan, register elected deputies, publish press reports on outcome of elections and lists of elected deputies of the Legislative Chamber;
  13. Issue identity cards and badges of the deputy of Legislative Chamber to the deputies;
  14. Review applications and complaints on decisions and actions of electoral commissions and make appropriate decisions;
  15. Convey materials on violations of this Law classified as felonies to the Prosecutor’s Office;
  16. Ensure transfer of documentation related to the organization and holding of elections to archives;
  17. Practice other powers in accordance with this Law and other legislative acts.

Article 12. Establishment of district electoral commission

District electoral commission shall be formed by the Central Electoral Commission no later than seventy days prior to elections, and shall consist of the chair, deputy chair, secretary, and no fewer than six members. Membership of the district electoral commission shall be approved by the Decree of the Central Electoral Commission.

Article 13. Authority of the district electoral commission

District electoral commission shall:

  1. Oversee implementation of this Law in the territory of electoral district;
  2. Establish electoral wards, assign them numbers of the electoral district, publish their lists with addresses;
  3. Coordinate the work of ward electoral commissions;
  4. Allocate funds to ward electoral commissions, oversee the provision of premises, transportation, and means of communications to ward electoral commissions, and address the issues of logistical support of elections in the electoral district;
  5. Receive signature lists from the authorized representatives of initiative groups of voters to support candidates for deputy, and ensure accuracy of the procedures of collection;
  6. Issue dated notice of receiving signature lists for support of candidate for deputy to the authorized representatives of initiative groups;
  7. Ensure equal conditions for participation of candidates for deputy in electoral campaign;
  8. Publish information about candidates for deputy registered at the Central Electoral Commission and issue them appropriate identity cards;
  9. Facilitate meetings of candidates for deputy with voters;
  10. Register attorneys of candidates for deputy and issue them corresponding identity cards;
  11. Hear reports of representatives of political parties, local authorities, other government agencies and public groups, heads of businesses, institutions, and organizations on the issues related to preparation and holding of elections;
  12. Oversee the compilation of the voters registers and their disclosure to the public;
  13. Approve text of election ballot of the electoral district in accordance with the sample approved by the Central Electoral Commission, provide for procurement of ballots and provision to the ward electoral commissions;
  14. Determine and convey the results of elections in the electoral district to the Central Electoral Commission;
  15. Organize second vote and second elections, and elections to replace the resigned deputies;
  16. Review applications and complaints regarding decisions and actions of ward electoral commissions and make decisions respectively;
  17. Exercise other powers in accordance with this Law and other legislative acts.

Article 14. Establishment of ward electoral commission

Ward electoral commission shall be formed by district electoral commission. Ward electoral commission shall be formed no later than forty days prior to elections and consist of from five to nineteen members, including the chair, deputy chair, and secretary. Should commission have up to seven members, only the chair and secretary shall be elected. Membership of ward electoral commission shall be approved by the decision of district electoral commission.

In case of necessity, number of ward electoral commission may be increased or decreased.

Chief of the entity shall perform the duties of the chair of ward electoral commission at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas.

Article 15. Authority of ward electoral commission

Ward electoral commission shall:

  1. Compile the register of the ward voters;
  2. Disclose the voters register to the voters, accept and review petitions about errors and inaccuracies in the register and decide on introducing appropriate changes;
  3. Accept electoral envelopes from the voters unable to be at their place of residence on the elections day or participate in the elections;
  4. Inform the population of the day and location of elections;
  5. Ensure provision of premises for voting, ballot boxes, and other vote equipment;
  6. Organize votes in the elections premises on the elections day;
  7. Count votes cast in the electoral ward;
  8. Review petitions and complaints on issues of preparation for the elections, organization of voting, and make decisions, respectively;
  9. Exercise other authority in accordance with this Law and other legislative acts.

Article 16. Membership in electoral commissions

Candidacies for the membership of district electoral commission shall be reviewed at the meetings of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent municipal Councils of People’s Deputies and shall be recommended for approval of the Central Electoral Commission. Candidates for membership of ward electoral commissions shall be reviewed at the meetings of district or municipal Councils of People’s Deputies and shall be recommended for approval of respective district electoral commission. Members of district and ward electoral commissions shall be appointed among reputed members of community.

Member of commission may be relieved of his responsibilities by his own will, or by dismissal.

Authority to dismiss a member of commission shall be delegated to the body that formed the commission in case of violations of this Law or systematic negligence of one’s responsibilities.

In case of necessity, a new member of electoral commission shall be appointed in the order established by this Law.

Chair, deputy chair, secretary and other members of electoral commissions may not be members of political parties. Candidates for deputy may not be members of electoral commissions.

Same person may be a member of only one electoral commission.

Article 17. Order of work and term of electoral commission

Meeting of electoral commission shall be considered valid provided no less than two-thirds of members of the commission are present on the day of meeting. Commission shall make decisions by open vote of the majority of the total number of members of commission. Members of the commission, disagreeing with the decision, may express minority report, which shall be attached to the protocol in writing. Should the number of votes evenly divide, vote of the chair shall be decisive.

Decisions of electoral commission made within the limits of its authority shall be mandatory for all lower electoral commissions, government agencies, political parties, and public unions, labor unions and military units, heads of enterprises, institutions, and organizations.

Chair, deputy chair, secretary or other members of electoral commission, by the decision of the commission, may be relieved of their professional responsibilities, while their average compensation shall be reimbursed by the funds allocated for elections.

Government agencies and public entities, businesses, institutions, organizations, and officials shall be obliged to assist electoral commissions in exercising their authority and provide the information required for their work.

Government agencies, enterprises, institutions, and organizations shall be obliged to provide the premises and equipment required for preparation and holding elections to the disposal of electoral commissions free of charge.

Electoral commission shall have the right to address government agencies and bodies of public union, businesses, institutions, organizations, and officials on the issues of preparation and holding elections, and they shall review and reply to the electoral commission no later than in three days.

Authority of Central Electoral Commission may be repealed by the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On Central Electoral Commission.

District and ward electoral commissions shall cease their work after registration of deputies elected in their respective electoral districts by the Central Electoral Commission.

Article 18. Consideration of appeals of decisions of electoral commissions

Decisions of electoral commissions may be appealed by political parties that nominated candidates for deputy, candidates for deputy, attorneys, observers, and voters to a higher electoral commission or court during ten days after the decision is made. Decisions of Central Electoral Commission may be appealed at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan during ten days after decision is taken. The appeal shall be reviewed in three days after it had been submitted, in case less than six days remain until elections – immediately.

Chapter 4. Announcement of the beginning of election campaign

Nomination and registration of candidates for deputy

Article 19. Announcement of the beginning of election campaign

The beginning of election campaign shall be announced by the Central Electoral Commission in the media no later than three months prior expiration of the term of the deputies of current Legislative Chamber.

Article 20. Right to nominate candidate for deputy

Political parties and citizens shall have the right to nominate candidates for deputy.

Political party may nominate candidates for deputy provided it is registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan no later than six months prior to beginning of election campaign, and has collected no less than fifty thousand signatures of voters in support of its participation in the elections.

The Central Electoral Commission shall distribute approved forms of signature lists after the announcement of beginning of election campaign.

Political party may collect no more than eight percent of the signatures of fifty thousand voters in a single administrative-territorial unit (Republic of Karakalpakstan, region, Tashkent city).

The Central Electoral Commission shall deny participation in the elections to a political party in case of forgery of signatures on the signature list.

Article 21. Documents to be provided by the political parties for participation in elections

In order to nominate candidates for deputy, political party shall no later than seventy days prior to elections submit to the Central Electoral Commission the following documents:

Application for participation in elections, signed by the chair of the party;

Reference of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan confirming the registration of the political party no later than six months prior to beginning of electoral campaign;

Signature lists.

Upon submission of the documents listed in the first part of this Article, the Central Electoral Commission shall issue dated reference to the representative of political party. On the basis of documents submitted, Central Electoral Commission shall make final decision in five days to allow the party to run in the elections. List of the parties participating in the election shall be published in the national press in the order of submission of applications.

Article 22. Nomination of candidates for deputy by political parties

Nomination of candidates for deputy shall start sixty five days prior to elections and end forty five days prior to elections.

Nomination of candidates for deputy shall be performed by the governing bodies of political parties.

Political parties shall be authorized to nominate one hundred twenty candidates for deputy – one candidate per electoral district. Same person shall be nominated as a candidate for deputy only in one electoral district. The order of selection of candidates for deputy shall be determined by the political parties.

Political parties shall be authorized to nominate candidates for deputy only the members of their party or independent candidates. Protocol shall be drawn of the nomination of a candidate for deputy.

Article 23. Nomination of candidates for deputy by citizens

Every citizen or group of citizens in possession of election rights may form initiative group of voters with no less than one hundred voters of the respective electoral district to nominate a candidate for deputy.

Authorized representative of the initiative group of voters shall apply to the respective district electoral district with the request to register the group. Application must include:

List of the members of initiative group of voters , including their family name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, residence address, series and number of their passports;

Decision of the meeting of initiative group of voters of appointment of authorized representative and authorization letter, validated for him in the legally ordained order;

Decision and protocol of the meeting of the initiative group of voters of nomination of candidate for deputy that includes his family name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, profession, position, work and residence address, and party affiliation.

District electoral commission, having determined conformity of the submitted documents with the provisions of this Law, in five days, in case of second elections or elections to replace the resigned deputies of the Legislative Chamber – in three days after they have been received, makes decision on registration of initiative group of voters or denies registration.

After decision to register initiative group of voters its authorized representative shall be issued corresponding registration card and approved forms of signature lists.

In case of refusal to register initiative group of voters, district electoral commission shall provide arguments for the decision.

Initiative group of voters may collect voter signatures in support of candidates for deputy only after registration card has been received by its authorized representative.

Voter initiative groups that nominated candidate for deputy shall be obliged to collect number of signatures no less than eight percent of the total number of voters of this district, provided number of signing citizens must be proportionately distributed throughout every mahalla (commune), village, or aul (township).

Form of signature lists shall be determined by the Central Electoral Commission. Signature list shall include family name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, profession, occupation, work and residence address, party affiliation of the candidate for deputy.

Voters shall have the right to sign for support of only one candidate for deputy. Voter shall therein indicate his family name, first name, patronymic, year of birth (in case of eighteen years old – day and month of birth), place of residence, series and number of passport, and date of signature.

Signature list shall be endorsed by the member of voter initiative group collecting signatures, indicating his family name, first name, patronymic, place of residence, series and number of passport, as well as by the representative of the voter initiative group with indication of the same figures.

Collection of voter signatures shall be conducted in the places of work, service, study, residence, pre-election events, and other venues, where campaigning and collection of signatures are not prohibited by the legislative acts. Any forms of coercion and bribing of voters by persons engaged in collection of signatures shall be prosecuted in accordance with law.

After collection of signatures have been finalized, authorized representative of voter initiative group shall convey signature list, brochured separately by each mahalla (commune), village or aul, to the respective district electoral commission. District electoral commission shall verify accuracy of collection of signatures in five-day-period, in case of second elections or elections to replace the resigned deputies to the Legislative Chamber – in three day period, shall convey the respective protocol to the Central Electoral Commission.

Article 24. Documents to be submitted to the Central Electoral Commission for registration of candidates for deputy.

Leader of political party or authorized representative of voter initiative group shall apply to the Central Electoral Commission with the request to register candidates for deputy. The application shall include:

Decision of governing body of political party, or of the meeting of the voter initiative group to nominate candidates for deputy, including family name, first name, patronymic of the candidate for deputy, date of birth, profession, position, place of work and residence, party affiliation, name and number of electoral district;

Application of the candidate for deputy with consent to run in the respective electoral district;

Application of the candidate for deputy to relieve him of his current occupation in case of his election as a deputy of the Legislative Chamber.

The Central Electoral Commission shall issue to the submitter of documents reference with date and time of submission of the documents.

The Central Electoral Commission shall in seven day period verify and determine the conformity of the documents submitted with the provisions of this Law.

The Central Electoral Commission shall in due order inform the leaders of political parties and authorized representatives of voter initiative groups of the disconformities and discrepancies of the documents submitted with the provisions of this Law.

Article 25. Requirements to the candidates for deputy

Registration shall be denied to those candidates for deputy who are:

Citizens with unserved or unacquitted conviction for the crimes committed;

Citizens who have not resided in the Republic of Uzbekistan permanently for the five years prior to the day of elections.

Servicemen of the Armed Forces, of National Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and other militarized units;

Professional staff of the religious organizations and unions.

Article 26. Registration of candidates for deputy

The Central Electoral Commission shall stop acceptance of documents from political parties or voter initiative groups for registration of candidates for deputy seven days prior to expiration of registration period.

Person nominated for candidacy for deputy shall be issued registration card in accordance with this Law.

Registration of candidates for deputy shall end thirty five days prior to elections.

In five days after registration of the candidates for deputy by the Central Electoral Commission, respective district electoral commission shall publish notice of registration indicating family name, first name, patronymic, year of birth, party affiliation, occupation, place of work and residence, as well as the political party or voter initiative group that nominated the candidate for deputy.

Chapter 5. Pre-election campaigning Guarantees for the work of candidates for deputy

Article 27. Pre-election campaigning

Pre-election campaigning shall start on the day of registration of candidates for deputy by the Central Electoral Commission.

Candidates for deputy, political parties, and independent initiative groups shall be provided equal opportunities to use the media in the order determined by the Central Electoral Commission. Meeting of voters shall be organized by the ward electoral commission providing for equal opportunities for all candidates. Local authorities and public organizations, and civil self-governance institutions shall provide candidates for deputy with equipped premises, assist candidates for deputy in organization of meetings with voters, and in receiving required data and information. Voters shall be informed of time and venue of meetings in timely manner.

Political parties shall have the right to promote the program of their future work. Programs of parties and candidates for deputy shall not be directed against sovereignty, integrity, and security of the state, shall not inflict harm to the health and morale of the people, contain war propaganda, ethnic hatred, racial and religious confrontation, calls for coercive change of constitutional order, actions limiting the constitutional rights and liberties of citizens.

Campaigning accompanied by provision free or subsidized provision of goods and services (except information) to voters, and financial payments shall be prohibited. Campaigning on the elections day shall not be permitted.

Article 28. Authorized persons

Candidates for deputy may have up to five authorized representatives. Authorized representative shall campaign for the election of the candidate for deputy, represent his interests in interaction with government agencies and public unions, voters, and electoral commissions.

Candidate for deputy shall determine his authorized representatives after registration upon his discretion and shall name them to the electoral commission. Electoral commission shall register authorized representatives and issue them identity cards.

Candidate for deputy may dismiss his authorized representative and replace him in any time, informing thereof district electoral commission. Authorized representative may resign in any time.

Article 29. Relieving candidates for deputy of their occupational or service duties for participation in pre-election events

Person registered as a candidate for deputy shall have the right to relieve himself of his occupational or service duties during meeting with voters, speeches at pre-electoral meetings, on television and radio, retaining his/her average salary reimbursed by the funds allocated for holding elections.

Article 30. Right of the candidate for deputy for free public transport

Candidate for deputy after registration shall have the right for free pass in all types of state passenger transport (except city passenger transport, taxi, and special transport) within the borders of the respective electoral district. Candidate for deputy residing outside the limits of the district shall have the right for free transportation to the electoral district and return trip home.

Article 31. Dismissing of candidate for deputy

Withdrawal of the candidacy by the candidate

Political party or voter initiative group shall have the right to cancel their decision to nominate particular candidate for deputy no later than five days prior to elections, who may be deprived of his candidate status by Central Electoral Commission. Political party until expiration of the term for nominating candidates for deputy may propose Central Electoral Commission to register new candidate.

Registered candidates for deputy may be deprived of their status by the Central Electoral Commission should the political party that nominated their candidacy for deputy cease its work.

Candidates for deputy may any time prior to elections withdraw his/her candidacy. He/she shall apply to the Central Electoral Commission for this purpose.

Chapter 6. Voters register. Election ballot

Article 32. Compilation of voters register

Family names of the citizens, who attained the age of eighteen before or on the day of elections, permanently or temporarily residing within this electoral ward shall be included in the voters register.

Each voter may be included in only one voters register.

Voters register shall be drawn in every electoral ward by ward electoral commissions and shall be signed by its chair and secretary. Ward electoral commission may invite representatives of community to participate in the work to compile the register.

Administrations of districts and towns shall ensure registration of voters and convey voter data of the respective area required for compilation of voters register to the ward electoral commissions.

List of servicemen-voters stationed in military units as well as the members of the families of servicemen and other voters, in case they reside in the area of military regiment, shall be drawn on the basis of data provided by the commanders of the regiments. The servicemen resident outside of military units shall be included in the regular voters register.

Voters registers of the electoral wards formed at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas, at the resorts and health centers, hospitals and boarding medical facilities shall be drawn on the basis of data provided by the administration of the above-mentioned institutions.

Family names of the voters shall be indicated in the voters register in the order convenient for organization of voting.

Family name, first name, patronymic, date of birth, and place of residence of each voter shall be included in the register.

Article 33. Disclosure of voters registers to the citizens

Voters registers shall be made available for public information fifteen days prior to elections, at the electoral wards formed at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas, resorts and health centers, hospitals and other boarding medical facilities, remote and inaccessible areas – seven days prior to elections.

Voters register shall be made available for the citizens in the premises of ward electoral commission.

Article 34. Contest of voters register

Every citizen shall have the right to report to the ward electoral commission of the error or inaccuracies in the voters register. Ward electoral commission shall be obliged to review report in 24 hours and either correct the error or inaccuracy, or provide the contender with the grounds to dismiss of report.

Actions and decisions of the electoral commission may be appealed in court in due order.

Article 35. Election ballot

Family names, first name, patronymic, year of birth, party affiliation, position (profession) and nominating political party or voter initiative group of the candidate for deputy shall be indicated in the election ballot in the alphabetical order.

Ballots shall be printed on the state language as well as in the languages used by the majority of population of the electoral district by the decision of the district electoral commission.

Article 36. Procurement of election ballots

Ward electoral commissions receive ballots from district electoral commissions no later than three day prior to elections. –°hair, or deputy chair, or secretary shall endorse the provision and receipt of ballots with their signature.

Number of election ballots received by the ward electoral committee may not exceed the number of the voters, included in the voters register of the electoral ward by more than a half percent. Two members of the ward electoral commission shall initiate on the right top corner of the election ballot, which shall be endorsed with the seal of the ward electoral commission. Election ballots not endorsed by the commissions shall not be considered in the counting of votes.

Chapter 7. Voting and determination of the results of the elections

Article 37. Voting premises

Voting shall be conducted in designated premises equipped with the sufficient number of booths or rooms for secret vote, with distribution point of the election ballots, and installed ballot boxes. Ballot boxes shall be positioned so that the voters shall pass through the booths or rooms for secret voting before approaching them. No other political actions shall be allowed in the voting premises. Ward electoral commission shall be responsible for equipment of premises and maintenance of due order.

Article 38. Time and place of voting

Voting shall be conducted from 6.00 to 20.00 on the day of elections. Ward electoral commission shall inform voters of the time and place of votes no later than ten days prior to elections. In the electoral wards formed at the Missions of the Republic of Uzbekistan overseas, at the military units, resorts, treatment centers, hospitals and boarding medical centers as well as in the remote and inaccessible remote localities the ward electoral commission may declare voting closed at any time in case all voters included in the register finished voting.

Article 39. Beginning of voting

Voting premises shall be opened on the day of elections in the presence of no less than two thirds of the members of the ward electoral commission. Chair shall seal the ballot box in the presence of the members of the electoral commission, distribute election ballots and voter lists among the members of the electoral commission, and announce the beginning of elections. Total number of the ballots shall be documented separately.

Article 40. Identification of voters

Upon arrival at the voting premises, voter shall produce document to prove his identity to the member of the ward electoral commission, and sign in the voters register. Then he/she shall be given an election ballot.

Family names not included in the voters register for any reasons shall be included to the addendum to the voters register pending the possession of a document proving the identity and residence of the voter.

Article 41. Order of voting

Election ballot shall be filled by the voter in the booth or room for secret voting. Presence of persons other than the voter at the time of filling in the ballot shall be prohibited. Voter unable to fill in the ballot himself may invite at his discretion another person to the booth or room except the members of the electoral commission, observers and authorized persons.

On the election ballot voter shall tick off the family names of the candidates for deputy against whom he is voting. Voter shall drop the filled election ballot in the ballot box.

Wasted election ballot may be replaced at the request of the voter. Wasted election ballots shall be listed, invalidated, and stored separately.

Voter unable to be at the place of his residence on the day of elections may request an election ballot at the ward electoral commission of place of his residence, make a decision and leave the filled election ballot in the closed envelope of the ward commission. In receipt of election ballot voter shall sign in the voters register. The Central Electoral Commission shall approve the form of election ballot, order of manufacturing, and dates of procurement of election ballots to the election premises.

In case of some voters unable to come to election premises due to the health or other reasons, ward electoral commission shall assign the members of the commission to organize voting in the place of these voters.

Article 42. Counting votes at the election premises

At the end of voting and prior to opening of ballot boxes in the presence of the members of the ward electoral commission, sealed envelopes with voters registers shall be dropped in the boxes. All unused election ballots shall be counted and invalidated by the ward electoral commission.

Ballot boxes shall be opened by the ward electoral commission after the end of voting has been announced by the chair of the commission. Opening of ballot boxes before the end of voting shall be strictly prohibited.

Ward electoral commission shall determine the total number of the voters in the ward, and the number of voters in receipt of election ballots.

Ward electoral commission shall tally the votes for each candidate for deputy.

Based on the election ballots and registers in the ballot boxes, ward electoral commission shall determine:

Total number of voters, who participated in the elections;

Total number of votes cast for and against each candidate for deputy;

Number of invalidated ballots and registers.

Votes cast for the family names of the candidates additionally entered by the voters in the election ballots and registers shall not be counted.

Election ballots and registers in discord with the approved samples as well as the election ballots and registers where more than one family name of candidates for deputy are left shall be invalidated. In case of dispute over the authenticity of election ballot or register, the issue shall be settled by voting of the ward electoral commission.

Results of the vote count shall be reviewed in the meeting of the ward electoral commission and recorded in the protocol. The protocol shall be signed by the chairman, deputy chair, secretary, and other members of the electoral commission and submitted to the district electoral commission in due order.

Article 43. Determination of election results in the district

Results of the elections in the electoral district shall be determined solely on the basis of the submitted protocols of the ward electoral commissions. District electoral commission shall determine:

Total number of the voters in the district

Number of voters in receipt of election ballots and lists;

Number of voters participated in the elections;

Number of votes cast for and number of votes cast against each candidate for deputy;

Number of invalidated election ballots and lists.

Results of the district elections shall be determined in the meeting of the electoral commission and recorded in the protocol. Protocol shall be signed by chair, deputy chair, secretary and other members of commission and submitted to Central Electoral Commission in due order.

Article 44. Determination of the results of the election of deputies to Legislative Chamber

Central Electoral Commission based on the protocols of the district electoral commissions submitted shall determine:

Total number of the voters in the Republic of Uzbekistan;

Number of voters in receipt of electoral ballots and lists;

Number of voters participating in the elections;

Number of votes cast for and cast against each candidate for deputy;

Number of invalidated election ballots and lists.

Candidate for deputy in receipt of more than half of the votes of the voters participating in the elections shall be considered elected.

Elections shall be considered valid provided no less than thirty three percent of the voters included in the voters register participated.

Elections in general or in districts or in electoral wards may be invalidated due to the violations committed in the elections that affected the outcome of the vote. Decision to announce elections invalid shall be made by the Central Electoral Commission and may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan in ten days after announcement of the outcome of the elections.

Should elections in electoral wards be invalidated, results of the elections in these wards shall be excluded from the general election results by the decision of the Central Electoral Commission, provided elections in general may be validated without them.

Central Electoral Commission shall record the results of election in protocol and make a decision.

Article 45. Second voting

In case more than two candidates for deputy run in a electoral district and none of them was elected, district electoral commission shall decide to hold second election of two candidates for deputy in receipt of the most number of votes, and inform Central Electoral Commission and district voters. Second voting shall be held in two week period in conformity with the provisions of this Law.

Candidate for deputy in receipt of most number of votes in the second election compared to another candidate shall be considered elected provided the number of votes cast for this candidate exceed the number of votes cast against him.

Article 46. Second elections of deputy of Legislative Chamber

Elections of the deputy of Legislative Chamber shall be held in the following cases:

  1. If elections in electoral district shall be considered invalid or void;
  2. If the second voting did not allow to determine the elected deputy of the Legislative Chamber;
  3. If no more than two candidates run in the electoral district and none of them was elected.

Second elections of deputy of the Legislative Chamber shall conducted by the district electoral commission on the assignment of the Central Electoral Commission. The Central Electoral Commission may decide on necessity to conduct second elections with the new membership of district and ward electoral commissions. Voting shall be conducted in the same electoral wards and by the voters registers, prepared for main elections.

Second elections of the deputy of Legislative Chamber shall be conducted no later than one month after the main elections. Establishment of electoral commissions, registration of candidates for deputy and other measures shall be conducted in the order stipulated in this Law.

Article 47. Holding elections to replace the resigned deputies of Legislative Chamber

Should Central Electoral Commission invalidate the authority of the particular deputies, or in case of recall or premature cessation of the authority of deputies for other reasons, new elections shall be held in the respective electoral districts. The Central Electoral Commission shall announce the elections no later than one month prior to their holding and organize them in accordance with the provisions of this Law. District electoral commission shall be formed twenty five days in advance and ward electoral commissions – fifteen days prior to elections. Registration of the candidates for deputy shall be finalized fifteen days prior to elections.

In case of resignation of the deputy of Legislative Chamber less than six months prior to expiration of the authority of Legislative Chamber, elections of a new deputy in place of the resigned may not be held.

Chapter 8. Registration of deputies and publication of the outcomes of elections

Article 48. Registration of the deputies of Legislative Chamber

The Central Electoral Commission on the basis of the protocols submitted by the district electoral commissions shall register elected deputies of Legislative Chamber and inform the deputies.

Persons elected as deputies of Legislative Chamber shall inform the Central Electoral Commission in writing of resignation of their duties not in conformity with the status of the deputy of Legislative Chamber.

Article 49. Publication of the results of the election of deputies of the Legislative Chamber

Reports of elections and list of the deputies elect of the Legislative Chamber shall be published by the Central Electoral Commission in the press no later than ten days, indicating their family name, first name, patronymic, year of birth, party affiliation, position (profession), place of work and residence, number and name of electoral district.

II. ORDER OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SENATE OF OLIY MAJLIS OF UZBEKISTAN

Article 50. Establishment of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

The Senate (upper chamber) of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter - Senate) shall be the chamber of territorial representation and consist of the members of the Senate (Senators).

Members of Senate shall be elected in equal number – six persons each from the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and city of Tashkent. Elections to the Senate shall be conducted by secret voting in the respective joint meetings of the deputies of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, representative bodies of the local authorities of the regions, districts, and cities from these deputies.

Sixteen members of the Senate shall be appointed by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan among the reputed citizens with substantial experience and achievements in science, art, literature, manufacturing, and other spheres of government and public work.

Term of the Senate – five years.

Article 51. Elections of the representative bodies of government of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions, districts, and towns

Elections of the representative bodies of government of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions, districts, and towns shall be held in compliance with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections to the regional, district, and town Councils of people’s deputies" and other legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Article 52. Timing of the elections to the Senate

Election of the Senate shall be held no later than one month after the elections of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and representative bodies of the local authorities.

Article 53. Requirements to the candidates for the membership of Senate

Deputy of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and representative bodies of the local authorities, who have attained the age of twenty five years old on the day of elections and has been permanent resident in the Republic of Uzbekistan no less than five years may become a candidate for membership of Senate.

Article 54. Legitimacy of the joint meetings of the representative bodies of the authorities

Joint meetings of the representative bodies of the authorities shall be legitimate provided no less than two-thirds of the total number of deputies is present.

Article 55. Calling for joint meeting of the representative bodies of the authorities, nomination of candidates for the membership of the Senate, and holding of voting

Calling the joint meetings of the representative bodies of the authorities, nomination of candidates to the membership of the Senate, and holding of voting shall be conducted in the manner stipulated in the legislation.

Regulations of the order of election of the members of the Senate in the respective joint meetings of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, representative bodies of the local authorities of regions, districts, and towns shall be drafted and approved by the Central Electoral Commission.

Article 56. Determination of the results of the election of members of the Senate

Candidates for membership of the Senate in receipt of more votes than other candidates shall be considered elected provided more than fifty percent of the deputies of the representative bodies of the authorities were present in the meeting

Article 57. Second voting

In case the required number of the members of the Senate were not elected in the voting, second election shall be held to fill the unelected membership of the Senate with the candidates lacking the sufficient number of votes in the same joint meeting of the representative bodies of the government.

Article 58. Results of the election of the members of the Senate

The Central Electoral Commission based on the protocols of the joint meeting of the representative bodies of the authorities shall register the members of the Senate no later than five days after they have been submitted.

The Central Electoral Commission may invalidate election of the members of the Senate in case violations of the provisions of this Law occurred in the course of the elections, counting of votes, and determination of the results of the secret voting that affected the results of the elections.

Article 59. Appealing the results of the election of the members of the Senate

Decisions of the joint meeting the representative branches of power on the election of the members of the senate as well as of the Central Electoral Commission may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan during ten days after their adoption.

Article 60. Second elections of the members of the Senate

Elections to replace the members of the Senate shall be held in the following cases:

  1. If the elections are invalidated;
  2. If the sufficient number of the members of the Senate were not elected in the second voting ;

In the cases stipulated in part clause "b" of the first part of this Article, second elections shall be held to elect the lacking number of the members of the Senate;

The elections to replace the members of the Senate shall be held no later than fifteen days after the main elections of the Senate.

Nomination of the candidates for the lacking members of the Senate and holding additional elections shall be undertaken in the order stipulated in this Law.

Article 61. Holding elections to replace the resigned or recalled members of the Senate

Elections to replace the resigned or recalled members of the Senate shall be held in the respective joint meetings of the deputies of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, representative bodies of the regional, district and town authorities in conformity with the provisions of this Law.

In case of resignation of the member of Senate less than six months prior to the expiration of the term of the Senate the election of the new member of the Senate to replace the resigned may not be held.

Article 62. Publication of the results of establishment of the Senate

Report of the results of establishment of the Senate and list of the members of the Senate indicating the family name, first name, patronymic, year of birth, occupation (profession), place of work and residence, shall be published in the press of the Central Electoral Commission in ten days.

III. FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 63. Identification card and badge of the deputy of the Legislative Chamber and the member of the Senate

The Central Electoral Commission shall issue the deputy of the Legislative Chamber and the member of the Senate an identification card and badge of the deputy of the Legislative Chamber and of the member of the Senate, respectively.

Samples of the identification card and badge of the deputy of the Legislative Chamber and the member of the Senate shall be approved by legislation.

Article 64. Financing of elections

Expenditures related to the preparation and holding of elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan shall be covered by the public funds. Providing financing and other material support to the candidates for deputy of the Legislative Chamber and the membership of the Senate by other means shall be prohibited.

Political parties and other public entities, businesses, institutions, organizations, and citizens may voluntarily donate their funds for holding elections. These funds shall be accepted by the Central Electoral Commission for use in the course of election campaign.

Article 65. Liability for violation of this Law

Persons employing violence, deception, threats and other means to hinder the exercise of the rights of the citizens to elect and be elected to the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan and undertake pre-election campaigning as well as the members of electoral commissions, other officials, representatives of political parties, members of voter initiative groups who committed forgery of election documents, deliberately miscounted votes, broken the secrecy of vote or other violations of this Law, shall be held responsible in conformity with the Law. Persons who published or in other ways distributed false information about the candidate for deputy of the Legislative Chamber and the member of the Senate shall be prosecuted.

RESOLUTION of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

On enactment of the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in the new edition

The Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan decrees:

  1. Enact the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in the new edition starting July 1, 2004
  2. Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan bring its regulations in conformity with the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in the new edition.

Chairman of the Oliy Majlis

Of the Republic of Uzbekistan

E. Khalilov

Tashkent

August 29, 2003

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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

On introduction of changes and amendments to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan"

Introduce changes and amendments to the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On elections of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan" adopted on December 28, 1993 (Bulletin of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 1994, #1, p. 6, Bulletin of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 1998, #3, p. 38, 1999, #9, p. 206, 2000, #5-6) approving its new edition.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Islam Karimov

Tashkent

August 29, 2003

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