The voting rate in the referendum in Uzbekistan was 84.54 percent.

Zayniddin Nizamhocayev, Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan, stated at a press conference that the counting of votes was completed in the referendum on the constitutional amendment, which lasted from 08:00 in the morning to 20:00 in the evening.

Nizamhocayev stated that according to the initial determinations, 16 million 673 thousand 189 voters cast their votes, which corresponds to 84.54 percent of the total registered voters, and said, “Do you accept the Law on the Constitution of Uzbekistan?” He also stated that 90.21 percent of the voters answered “Yes” and 9.35 percent “No”, and 0.44 percent of the votes were deemed invalid.

Nizamhocayev, “Due to the fact that more than half of the total number of voters voted according to the law, the necessary participation was achieved for the constitutional amendment referendum to be considered valid.” said.

Voting was held in nearly 11 thousand ballot boxes set up across the country yesterday for the referendum on the constitutional amendment.

There are 19 million 722 thousand 809 registered voters in Uzbekistan, 307 thousand 895 of which are abroad. Citizens abroad cast their votes in 55 ballot boxes set up in 39 countries, including Turkey.

The Constitution is about changing the articles related to human rights and freedoms, society and individual, administrative-territorial structure and administration of the country, increasing the presidential term from 5 to 7 years, transferring some powers of the president to the parliament, powers and powers of attorney of local administrators, and the status of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. some proposals were opened for public discussion last year.

At the general assembly of the Legislative Assembly held on March 10, the “law on new regulations in the Uzbekistan constitution” was adopted, and then the Senate General Assembly approved the submission of the draft constitution, in which the said new regulations and amendments were made, to the public vote on April 30.

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In the draft constitution consisting of 155 articles submitted to the vote in the referendum, 27 new articles were added to the constitution and 91 of the 128 articles were amended.

In the new constitution, in which Uzbekistan is defined as a social, secular and legal state, the norms regarding the social obligations of the state are increased threefold, and the norm “to ensure human rights and freedoms is the highest goal of the state”.

According to the new constitution, which also includes norms regarding the maintenance of the openness policy in the country, the creation of an active civil society and the further development of public audit institutions, as of 2026, provincial and district mayors cannot be elected to the post of chairman of the provincial or district councils at the same time.

In the constitution, which is envisaged to reduce the number of members in the Senate, which is the upper house of the country’s parliament, from 100 to 65, no changes are made regarding the status of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan.

While new regulations regarding the president are introduced in the constitution, some of the duties and powers of the president will be transferred to the parliament, and the president’s term of office is increased from 5 to 7 years.

The article in the current constitution regarding the right of a person to be elected president at most 2 times in a row is included in the new constitution.

After the draft constitution is put into effect by popular vote, the previous terms of office of senior officials, including the president, heads of parliament and senate, governor, presidents of provincial and district councils, the chief public prosecutor and the head of the high court, will not be taken into account and, like other citizens, they will continue to operate consecutively in accordance with the constitution. will have the right to be elected a maximum of 2 times.

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