Malaysian Observer Expects Good Turnout For Uzbek Elections

TASHKENT, Dec 26 (Bernama) — Malaysian observer S. Raddhakrishnan expects voter turnout to be high when Uzbekistan holds it parliamentary elections Sunday.
The Asean Law Association of Malaysia honorary secretary, who was invited for the second time as observer for the election, said that in 2004 there was a very good voter turnout.
“For a young country, the high turnout was commendable indeed and I expect this year’s elections to see a good turnout too,” he told Bernama here Saturday.
He noted that the previous election was very well conducted and that the country with a population of 27 million people with more than 60 percent comprising youths, had a good election system.
Senior journalist Akimjon Adizov, who specialises in economics and law, said that the country had a project known as “I’m voting for the First Time.”
Under this progamme the youths voting for the fist time for parliamentary elections were explained their rights and given talks on the election and its process, he said.
“The parents will encourage their children voting for the first time to attend such projects,” he told Bernama.
Meanwhile, university student Umida Allambergenova, 20, is looking forward to vote as she wanted to see her country to be led by able leaders in order for it to flourish.
“The state of the country depends on its leaders and policy,” she added.
Malaysia is represented by a four-member Malaysian team led by Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar to observe the elections.
Apart from Wan Ahmad and Radhakrishnan the other two are Perdasama president Datuk Moehamad Izat Emir and senior lawyer Kamarudin Ahmad.
The four Malaysians will be part of an International Observers Group that will be deployed throughout the republic to monitor the conduct and the outcome of the election to ascertain whether it is free or fair.
More than 200 observers from 36 countries and four international organisations have been invited.