Contrary to West’s forecasts, no any law violation registered in Azerbaijan’s polling stations

By: Aynur Karimova

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received delegations of several countries and international organizations, who were observing the parliamentary elections in the country on November 1.

Contrary to the forecasts of some Western circles, no any violation of law was registered in the polling stations during the November 1 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.

This remark was made by Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, at a meeting with President Aliyev on November 1.

Slutsky, who leads the observation missions of the Russian State Duma and the CIS Parliamentary Assembly, said they had monitored the preparations for the elections since August.

He also noted that on the Election Day, they witnessed big progress in comparison with the previous elections.

Touching upon the refusal of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to observe the elections in Azerbaijan, Slutsky said with this decision the organization proved to the European community that it has already become outdated as an institution from a political point of view.

President Aliyev said the OSCE/ODIHR does not have the right to decide independently not to monitor the elections, and added that this organization violated all rules and regulations.

“The duty of the OSCE/ODIHR is to observe the elections. As you know, we have invited them, and asked them to give an explanation on the methodology of defining the number of observers in different countries. Instead of responding to us, they decided not to send observers at all,” he noted.

The head of state said that all these actions are unacceptable.

Then, President Aliyev received Ilyas Umakhanov, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

During the meeting, Umakhanov said they eye-witnessed good mood of voters during the observations conducted in 15 polling stations, and noted that all necessary conditions were created for political parties and international observers in the country.

He also noted that they exchanged views with foreign counterparts on the application of Azerbaijan’s experience in organizing the electoral process.

President Aliyev expressed satisfaction with active participation of the mission led by Umakhanov in monitoring of the election process.

He said significant reforms have been carried out to organize transparent, quality elections in compliance with the highest standards.

The head of state underlined huge work done to organize the elections in a more perfect manner.

The sides stressed that Azerbaijani-Russian relations are developing in a variety of fields, and expressed confidence that the bilateral ties would continue to expand.

President Aliyev also met with a delegation of members of the Australian Parliament led by member of the House of Representatives Luke Simpkins, a delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament of Malta Anglu Farrugia, a Pakistani delegation led by Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee Mushahid Hussain Syed, as well as Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties Chung Eui-yong.

As many as 503 international observers from 40 organizations and over 66,000 local observers watched the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. This year some 767 candidates were running for 125 seats in the country’s supreme legislative body.

The Central Election Commission has already declared the elections valid and revealed the preliminary results.

CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov said at the press conference on November 2 that all the 5,547 polling stations in Azerbaijan opened at the set time – 08:00, and closed at 19:00 Baku time.

According to preliminary data, the voter turnout at the election was 55.7 percent. He said that over 2.89 million voters cast their ballots during the election, which is six percent more than in the previous elections.


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