In Uzbekistan the “day of silence” before the presidential election passes quietly

В Узбекистане "день тишины" перед выборами президента проходит спокойно

The “day of silence” ahead of the presidential elections in Uzbekistan to be held December 4, is calm, informed RIA Novosti the representative of the Central election Commission of the Republic.

After amendments to the legislation in 2015 for the first time in the elections of the head of Uzbekistan has a “day of silence” calling for a ban on election propaganda and agitation. It began at midnight Saturday (22.00 GMT on Friday).

“Abuse in the form of undue influence on voters on the eve of a vote not recorded,” — said the Agency interlocutor. According to her, “the CEC notes that the day of silence is peace.”

By law, the removal of all campaign materials of candidates were held Friday at 20.00 (18.00 GMT) and ended on Saturday at 6.00 am (4.00 GMT). The only permitted campaigning on the “day of silence” is an appeal to voters to come to polling stations. Information materials of the CEC, containing autobiographical information about these candidates and their election programs, are not campaigning materials.

According to political analysts, the main contender for the presidency — Mirziyoev, nominated by the liberal democratic party of Uzbekistan (UzLiDeP). He was in favour of accession of the country to the military-political blocs and the development of relations with CIS countries, primarily with Russia. Two more candidates — the Vice-speaker of the lower house of Parliament Sarwar of Atamuradov nominated by the National democratic party “Milly Tiklanish” (National revival) and the leader of the social democratic party “Adolat” (“Justice”) narimon Umarov encouraged to maintain and develop Alliance and strategic relations with Russia. The leader of the people’s democratic party of Uzbekistan Hataman Meetings, reluctant to join the Republic of new organizations, in particular the Eurasian economic Union (EAEU), primarily focused on the implementation of employment programmes and tariff policy in housing and communal services.