Voting began at 08:00 local time in nearly 11,000 ballot boxes set up across the country for the referendum on the constitutional amendment.
Citizens, “Do you accept the Law on the Constitution of Uzbekistan?” will answer either “Yes” or “No” to the question.
In Uzbekistan, where voting will continue until 20.00, there are a total of 19 million 722 thousand 809 registered voters, 307 thousand 895 of whom are abroad.
Citizens abroad will also be able to vote in 55 ballot boxes established 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.
In the draft constitution, which consists of 155 articles to be voted by the people in the referendum, 27 new articles will be added to the constitution, while 91 of 128 articles will be amended.
In the new constitution, which is defined as the social, secular and legal state of Uzbekistan, the norms regarding the social obligations of the state will be increased threefold, and the norm “to ensure human rights and freedoms is the highest aim of the state” will be included.
According to the new constitution, which includes norms regarding the maintenance of the policy of openness 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 draft constitution, which is envisaged to reduce the number of members in the Senate, the upper house of the country’s parliament, from 100 to 65, no changes will be made regarding the status of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan.
While new regulations regarding the president are introduced in the draft constitution, some duties and powers of the president will be transferred to the parliament, and the president’s term of office will be 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 also included in the new constitution draft.
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. may be elected a maximum of 2 times.