Elections in Uzbekistan: 2021 Presidential Election

Uzbek citizens leave voting cabins at a polling station in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. © AP Photo/STR

On Sunday, October 24, Uzbek voters will have the opportunity to vote in the presidential election. Voters will have an opportunity to affirm their support for the ongoing transition under the current administration in Uzbekistan by giving another five-year mandate to the incumbent, or by choosing a different path for the country, when they cast their ballots on October 24.  

The winning candidate in the 2021 presidential election will be elected for a five-year term, through 2026. The current legislation includes a constitutional limit of two consecutive presidential terms, for a total of 10 years. This will be the second presidential election since the death of Uzbekistan’s first president, Islam Karimov, in 2016. The election can be seen as a referendum on the policies of incumbent president Shavkat Mirziyoyev since succeeding Karimov five years ago. 

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Uzbekistan: 2021 Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include: 

  • What is the electoral system? 
  • What is the legal framework for conducting these elections? 
  • How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19? 
  • How will election disputes be adjudicated? 

Learn more about IFES' programs in Uzbekistan and follow @IFES_Europe on Twitter. 

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions. 

Published on October 21, 2021.

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