ERK to Boycott Election

by Nathan Hamm on 11/8/2004 · 1 comment

Uzbekistan’s ERK opposition party has announced that it plans to boycott next month’s parliamentary elections. Joining them will be the Free Peasants Party.

“The official political landscape remains a desert,” Erk, which claims to have about 60,000 members, said in a statement Saturday. “The parties allowed to participate in the elections personally belong to the president and represent his personal interests, not the interests of the people.”

Another opposition group, the Free Peasants party, also has announced it would boycott the vote.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has said it would send a limited observer mission to next month’s vote. But Erk called on international groups not to participate or send any monitors so as “to unmask the anti-democratic essence of this election.”

You can learn more about ERK at their website.

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Asror November 9, 2004 at 4:57 am

look thru these web-sites: – Uzbekistan’s news and information platform. – The website of Uzbekistan Human Rights Society

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