Pre-election silence in Uzbekistan
Today marks the last day before the presidential elections in Uzbekistan. A day of silence has been declared in the country.
The day of silence before the presidential elections has been announced for the first time. Relevant amendments to the law “On elections of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan” have been made by the Uzbek parliament at the end of 2015.
While introducing these amendments, members of the Uzbek parliament were guided by the belief that the day of silence allows voters to decide independently on their preferences, without the impact of pre-election campaign, and make a weighted decision on voting for a particular candidate.
Holding pre-election campaign on the day of voting and a day before the voting is prohibited, according to the law.
Only appeals to voters to visit polling stations are allowed on the day of silence, Trend writes.