CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities doesn’t send observer to Azerbaijan

Baku: “We have made a formal request to the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities for sending observers to municipal elections as it was in the previous municipal elections. They gave us a diplomatic answer that they would be very glad to cooperate with us. However, they didn’t come”, Chairman of the Central Elections Commission Mazahir Panahov said at a press conference the day before the municipal elections, APA reports.

Panahov considers this may be due to the upcoming New Year and difficulty in observers’ coming together.

The CEC chairman mentioned that earlier, political parties related their defeat in elections with some minor violations in a polling station, however not they won’t have such pretext, because everybody will smile”, he added.