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Approved by the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan of June 25, 2019, No. ZRU-544

THE ELECTORAL CODE OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. The relations regulated by this Code

This Code governs the relations connected with preparation and elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - Legislative house), members of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - the Senate), deputies regional, district and city Kengasha of People's Deputies (further - local Kengasha), and establishes the guarantees providing free declaration of will of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 2. Legislation on elections

The legislation on elections consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, of this Code and other acts of the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Article 3. The basic principles of elections in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Elections in the Republic of Uzbekistan are held on the basis of general, equal, direct suffrage in case of secret vote.

Elections are held openly and publicly.

Article 4. Universal adult suffrage

Election of the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house and deputies local Kengasha is general.

The citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - citizens) who reached by the election day of eighteen years have to choose the right.

Citizens, irrespective of floor, racial and national identity, language, the relation to religion, social origin, beliefs, personal and social standing, education, sort and nature of occupations, have equal suffrage.

Article 5. Equal suffrage

Each citizen participating in elections has one voice.

The citizens recognized by court incapacitated and also persons containing in places of detention according to the court verdict cannot be elected.

The citizens recognized by court incapacitated and also persons containing in places of detention according to the court verdict for the committed heavy and especially serious crimes do not participate in elections.

Article 6. Direct suffrage

The president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house, deputies local Kengasha are elected citizens directly.

Article 7. Secret vote

Vote on elections is free and secret. Control of declaration of will of voters is not allowed.

The mystery of vote is provided with creation of the corresponding conditions excluding possibility of any control of declaration of will of the voter.

Article 8. Openness and publicity by preparation and elections

Preparation and elections are performed by the electoral commissions openly and publicly.

The electoral commissions inform citizens on the work, on formation of constituencies, sites, on structure of the electoral commissions, their location and operating time, acquaint with electoral registers, the list of the political parties participating in elections, report data on candidates for president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house, deputies local Kengasha, and also about results of vote and elections.

Mass media light the course of preparation and elections.

Meetings of the electoral commissions are held openly. Decisions of the electoral commissions are published in mass media or will be promulgated according to the procedure, established by this Code.

On all actions for preparation and elections, and also in rooms for vote in the election day and in case of counting of votes have the right to participate observers from the political parties which proposed candidates for president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house, deputies local Kengasha, self-government institutions of citizens, representatives of mass media, observers from other states, the international organizations.

Chapter 2. Constituencies and sites

Article 9. Formation of constituencies

Constituencies on election of the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan are formed by Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan (further - Central Election Commission) in borders of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, areas and the city of Tashkent.

For elections of deputies of Legislative house hundred fifty territorial constituencies is formed. One deputy is elected from each constituency.

Constituencies at elections of deputies of Legislative house are formed by Central Election Commission on representation of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Kengashy People's Deputies of areas and the city of Tashkent.

Borders of constituencies are determined by elections of deputies of Legislative house taking into account the administrative-territorial device of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, areas and the city of Tashkent, as a rule, with equal number of voters in all territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

For elections in local Kengasha constituencies are formed:

in regional and Tashkent city Kengasha of People's Deputies - no more than sixty constituencies;

in district and city Kengasha of People's Deputies - no more than thirty constituencies. One deputy is elected from each constituency.

Within the regulations established by this Code the number of constituencies for elections in local Kengasha is determined by the corresponding local Kengash proceeding from population, voters, the territory and other local conditions.

Constituencies at elections in local Kengasha are formed corresponding regional, district, by City Elections Commission, as a rule, with equal number of voters. Borders of constituencies are determined taking into account the administrative-territorial device of area, areas and the cities.

In case of formation of constituencies the most acceptable deviation of number of voters in constituencies, as a rule, shall not exceed ten percent.

Lists of constituencies with indication of their borders, number of voters and the locations of district electoral commissions are published by the relevant electoral commission at least in seventy five days prior to elections.

Article 10. Procedure and regulation of formation of the polling precincts

The polling precincts on election of the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, deputies of Legislative house and deputies in local Kengasha are formed by district electoral commissions on representation of khokimiyats of areas and cities.

The polling precincts are formed taking into account borders of areas, the cities, areas in the cities for the purpose of creation of the maximum conveniences to voters. Sites are formed also in military units and enter districts in the location of parts. Borders of the polling precincts shall not cross borders of other constituencies.

The polling precincts can be formed under diplomatic and other representations of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign states, in sanatoria, rest houses, in hospitals and other stationary medical institutions, in the locations of the citizens located in the remote and hard to reach areas, in places of detention and imprisonment. These sites are included into districts in the place of their stay. The question of addition to the district of the sites formed outside the Republic of Uzbekistan is solved Central Election Commission.

In military units the polling precincts are formed by the district commissions on representation of commanders of parts or army connections. Under diplomatic and other representations of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign states the polling precincts are formed by Central Election Commission on representation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The polling precincts are formed at least in sixty days prior to elections, as a rule, with number at least twenty voters and no more than three thousand voters. In military units, under diplomatic and other representations of the Republic of Uzbekistan in foreign states, and also in the locations of the citizens located in the remote and hard to reach areas in places of detention and imprisonment the polling precincts are formed in the same time, and in exceptional cases - not later than seven days before elections.

The number of the polling precincts cannot be less number of districts.

District electoral commission establishes numbering of the polling precincts and will organize the notification of voters about borders of each site with indication of phone numbers, the location of the respective precinct election commission and the room for vote.

In case of elections of deputies of Legislative house, local Kengasha district electoral commissions at elections of deputies of Legislative house forms single polling precincts.

Chapter 3. The electoral commissions

Article 11. System of the electoral commissions

Are a part of the system of the electoral commissions:

Central Election Commission;

regional, district and City Elections Commissions;

district electoral commissions;

precinct election commissions.

The electoral commissions and their members perform the activities irrespective of any state bodies, public associations and officials.

Intervention in activities of the electoral commissions is not allowed and involves responsibility according to the law.

The electoral commissions and their members in the activities are guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, this Code and other legal acts.

Consideration of questions and decision making are performed by the electoral commission jointly.

The electoral commissions perform the activities openly and publicly.

At meetings of the electoral commission there can be representatives of political parties, mass media, observers from self-government institutions of citizens, other states, the international organizations.

The electoral commissions take necessary measures for providing to candidates, political parties of equal conditions for holding the election campaign, equitable distribution of the budgetary funds allocated for preparation and elections, honesty of vote and summing up elections.

Article 12. Formation of Central Election Commission

The Central Election Commission is formed by chambers of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a part of at least fifteen members.

Members of Central Election Commission are elected by Legislative house and the Senate according to the recommendation of the Jokargi Kenes of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional and Tashkent city Kengasha People's Deputies.

The chairman of Central Election Commission is elected from among her members on representation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on commission session.

The vice-chairman and the secretary of Central Election Commission are elected from among her members on commission session.

The member of Central Election Commission has the corresponding certificate.

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