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Baku: OSCE/ODIHR and some other structures have no ground to express any opinion about Azerbaijan’s parliamentary election, taking into account the violation of mandate by those structures and their unprofessional behavior, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said on Nov.3.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry made a statement on the parliamentary election held in the country on Nov.1.

PACE observation mission and other international and local missions have confirmed that the parliamentary election held in Azerbaijan on November 1 is free, democratic and reflect the will of the voters, and the preparation for the elections and the voting process was professionally and technically well organized, said the statement.

The election was held in accordance with the Electoral Code, the Central Election Commission and observers have not recorded any specific violations, said the ministry.

Some circles’ talks about a “boycott” of the election, statements about a lower voter turnout and groundless accusations that allegedly Azerbaijan didn’t create conditions for the ODIHR to observe the election, attempts of overshadowing the election results, and biased information disseminated by some international media outlets are unacceptable, said the statement.

The election was monitored by over 500 foreign and over 63,000 local observers. The foreign observers represented 27 countries and 40 international organizations, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries, the ministry said.

Local media covered the election without any registration or accreditation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Election Commission accredited 42 members of 27 foreign media outlets to observe the elections, said the statement.

According to the statement, in July of this year, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry sent the invitation to the OSCE/ODIHR, and on August 12-14, the Needs Assessment Mission of this structure visited Azerbaijan and prepared a report which recommended to send 30 long-term and 350 short-term observers in addition to the main expert staff.

“In this regard, the Azerbaijani side in the letter addressed to the ODIHR stated that it is acceptable to appoint 6 long-term and 125 short-term observers in accordance with the country’s population and 125 constituencies and recommended to review the NAM’s report. As a result, the ODIHR, without making clear the criteria and methodology of determining the ration between the country’s population, 125 constituencies and the number of observers, rejected the proposal for consultation on its controversial recommendations, and under the influence of certain circles it was made a unilateral decision not to send an observation mission for the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan, which is contrary to the mandate of the OSCE/ODIHR. ODIHR has no authority to take such a decision unilaterally. This institution, in accordance with its mandate, should assist member states in organizing elections,” said the statement.

The ODIHR demonstrated a non-constructive position on the Azerbaijani side’s proposal to solve the issue through constructive consultations at the Permanent Council with the involvement of Serbia, the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office, as well as to send not an observation mission but a technical expert group to the election, said the ministry.

The ODIHR and some other structures have no ground to express any opinion about Azerbaijan’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election, taking into account the violation of mandate by those structures and their unprofessional behavior, said the statement.

According to the statement, the Azerbaijani people participated in the election expressing their voting rights and will freely.

The results and legitimacy of the election are determined the will of the Azerbaijani voters, their votes and a voter turnout, said the statement.

SOURCE: AZERI-PRESS NEWS AGENCY

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