Uzbekistan referendum: Over 90% of voters support amendments to Constitution

Turnout at the referendum on amendments to the Constitution of Uzbekistan on April 30 stood at 84.54 percent of the number of citizens included in the lists, the chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Uzbekistan Zainiddin Nizamkhodjaev said at a briefing, News.Az reports citing Uzbek media. 

According to Nizamkhodjaev, a total of 19,722,809 people were registered to participate in the referendum, of which 16,673,189 citizens voted for amendments to the Constitution.

The chairman of the CEC said that some 90.21 percent of the voters were in favor of changing the Constitution.

On April 30, a referendum on amendments to the Constitution of the country was held in Uzbekistan.

Amendments to the Constitution are aimed at strengthening the functions of Parliament to appoint the heads of supervisory and law enforcement agencies, while part of the powers of the president is transferred to the supreme legislative body. In addition, it is proposed to increase the term of the presidency from 5 to 7 years.

Judges of the Constitutional Court are proposed to be elected for a ten-year term. The Constitutional Court elects for a five-year term from among its members the Chairman of the Constitutional Court and his deputy.

A large package of amendments to the Basic Law aims to liberalize the country's economy further.

On April 19-26, early voting took place. More than 611,000 citizens of Uzbekistan participated in early voting in the referendum on amendments to the Constitution.


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