WAPFP issues statement on Nov.1 parliamentary election

Baku: The Board of Directors of the Whole Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (WAPFP) told APA that it has discussed the results of the parliamentary election held on November 1 and adopted a statement in this regard.

The statement says:

“22 political parties including the WAPFP and one bloc of political parties participated in the election. Only a faction of radical political parties that do not recognize the current government, have announced that they boycotted the election.

The WAPFP joined the election with 77 candidates – only 25 of whom were registered. Three persons withdrew their candidacies. Other MP candidates continued to vie till the end.

The final opinion of WAPFP candidates observers participating the election largely overlaps with the PACE observation mission’s statement on the election. We think that for election to be fairer and more transparent, the election law should be improved first.

We consider that the violations in separate polling stations could not affect the final results of the election which reflects the Azerbaijani people’s will.

Unfortunately, the OSCE mission refused to observe the elections due to Azerbaijan’s demand for reducing the number of observers from 380 to 131 without taking into account the request of various political parties. Under the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, 32 parliamentarians from PACE, totally 530 foreign observers monitored the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. Observers said that the election was held in accordance with the Electoral Code and reflects the will of the people.

WAPFP supports the recent presidential decision for ensuring the rule of law in the country and states that only a fully independent judiciary can guarantee the rule of law.