TASHKENT, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- People in Uzbekistan voted Sunday for a parliament with 71.1 percent turnout, successfully opening a new page in the country's recent history, according to the Uzbek Central Election Commission (CEC).
The 71.1 percent turnout was a huge achievement of our nation, the head of CEC Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said.
Uzbekistan has used a Unified Electronic Voter List for the first time, with more than 20.5 million voters registered, according to the CEC.
Around 10,260 polling stations were set up for the elections, 55 of which were located abroad at the country's diplomatic missions.
About 1.7 million voters outside the country can vote in the overseas polls.
A total of 825 observers, representatives of nine international organizations and 41 foreign countries, including China, can observe the election process in all regions of the country.
Five officially registered political parties, the National Revival Party, the People's Democratic Party, the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the Social Democratic Party Adolat and the Ecological Party will compete for 150 seats in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan (the lower house of the parliament).
The CEC said it will announce preliminary results on Monday.