On the invitation of the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan, the Election Commissioner of India, Dr. Anup Chandra Pandey is leading a three-member delegation to Uzbekistan to observe the conduct of early Presidential elections to be held tomorrow i.e. 9th July 2023.
Four candidates including the incumbent President are in the fray. This election is being held under the framework of a new constitution that was adopted in Uzbekistan after the recent Referendum held in April this year and is being keenly watched by the international community.
Earlier, Dr. Anup Chandra Pandey and the Chairman, of CEC of Uzbekistan held a meeting on electoral cooperation on 6th July 2023. Dr. Pandey spoke about the recent conduct of elections in India and various avenues for further strengthening electoral ties between the two countries through the signing of the MoU on electoral cooperation, training, and capacity-building programs which ECI would be happy to organize for Uzbekistan election officials. Delegates from Uzbekistan have been avidly participating in ECI’s International Election Visitors Programmes (IEVP) organized during elections and officials from Uzbekistan have been attending training programs at ECI under the ITEC program.
Under Uzbekistan laws, the President is elected for a seven-year term from a single nationwide constituency. The election administration follows a three-tier structure comprising the Central Election Commission, 14 District Election Commissions, and 10,760 Precinct Election Commissions. Uzbekistan has an electorate of about 20 million. Each polling station caters to a maximum of 3000 voters. Over 22 million eligible voters are registered to vote in the elections. With over 10,000 polling stations in the country and 55 abroad opened for the citizens of Uzbekistan residing in foreign countries, the exercise is set to become a landmark in that country’s history.
The Indian delegation, led by Election Commissioner Dr Anup Chandra Pandey and comprising Deputy Election Commissioners Mr. Hirdesh Kumar and Mr. RK Gupta also visited the 7thand 14th District Election Commissions to obtain an overview of the electoral administration, procedures, and initiatives of the CEC of Uzbekistan.
Dr. Pandey is also slated to interact with the representatives of the Non-Resident Indian community-based in Tashkent on Indian Elections.