MISSION OF OBSERVERS FROM SCO STARTS WORK IN UZBEKISTAN
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From 29 November to 5 December, at the invitation of the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization R. K. Alimov operates in Uzbekistan as the head of the Observer Mission from the SCO for the preparation and conduct of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Mission includes 20 people, including representatives of legislative, executive and election bodies of the states-members of SCO, as well as officials from the SCO Secretariat.
In the course of its election observation activities, the SCO Mission is planning to visit the maximum possible number of polling stations in all electoral districts of the Republic of Uzbekistan with regard to territorial division — "capital", "Autonomous Republic", "region", "city", "village".
The SCO Mission, during its operation in Uzbekistan has scheduled a series of meetings and conversations with leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, chairmen, secretaries and members of city, district and precinct election commissions, local observers, representatives of political parties, mass media, heads and members of missions of observers of foreign states and international organizations.
Over the past month, the Mission has been collecting and studying normative-legal acts regulating the electoral process of the Republic of Uzbekistan, monitoring the media on the subject of fair and independent coverage of the electoral process.
The mission will conclude its work by reading the statement on the results of monitoring the preparation and conduct of elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The findings of the Mission will be based on their own observation, official information, information provided by the election commissions and state bodies, information obtained through interviews with participants in the electoral process, as well as surveys.
The SCO Mission of observers has enough experience in international monitoring. Since 2004, when the Organization was first presented as an international observer, there were 37 missions, five of them in Uzbekistan.