High Enthusiasm and Weak Opposition Color Uzbekistan Elections

Uzbekistan has completed the general election without the presence of a strong opposition. But Uzbeks, eager to exercise their voting rights, still come to vote, and fill polling stations (TPS) in various parts of the country.

The number of citizen participation in the election has now reached more than 80 percent.

International observers say the figure is an important achievement in a country that has sought reform in recent years.

Anthony Bowyer of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems spent a month in Uzbekistan monitoring the campaign, and visited 30 polling stations on election day 24 October. He sees the election turnout figures released by the government as quite accurate, and says the facts show that the people of Uzbekistan expect more from their country’s leadership.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev celebrates his victory in the presidential election on October 24, 2021. (Photo: President.uz)

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev celebrates his victory in the presidential election on October 24, 2021. (Photo: President.uz)

In this election, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev managed to defeat his four competitors, Alisher Kadirov from the National Awakening Democratic Party, Maqsuda Vorisova from the People’s Democratic Party, Bahrom Abuhalimov from the Social Justice Democratic Party, and Narzullo Oblomurudov from the Ecology Party. These opponents lost unanimously to the incumbent candidate who won around 80 percent of the total number of votes cast.

Some of the voters who spoke to FLY on election day said they voted for Mirziyoyev in part because he was well known. Some rural voters said they voted for the president even though the promised changes had not yet reached their villages. To many, his political opponents were unknown, and their party was unimpressive.

Rukhsora, a young professional living in Tashkent, said she was pleased with the changes taking place today including greater openness and accountability over President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian rule from 1989 to 2016.

“That we still have a lot of problems doesn’t make him a bad president,” Rukhsora said. [jm/lt]

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