Dec. 27, 2009, midnight
Almost 90 percent of eligible Uzbekistani voters turned out for Parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to the country's election commission. The elections were contested by the country’s four registered political parties. While some multilateral organizations point to an improved human rights record, some advocacy groups say President Karimov has imprisoned activists and taken other actions stifling dissent, making it difficult for opposition parties to operate openly. Currently, there are no legally registered opposition political parties in Uzbekistan. Citing noncompliance with its pre-election recommendations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) restricted its monitoring activities in the run-up to voting.