Refusal to observe Azerbaijani election to be costly for ODIHR – Russia
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), after the incident with refusal to send observers to Azerbaijan, risks to worsen relations with a number of countries, RIA Novosti quoted Vladimir Churov, the chairman of Russia's Central Election Commission, as saying Oct. 21.
Azerbaijan will hold parliamentary election on November 1.
In mid-September this year, the OSCE/ODIHR announced that it will not observe the Azerbaijani elections due to the limit put on the number of observers by the country's authorities.
"I believe the incident will seriously affect the relations of a number of countries with the Office for Democratic Institutions for Human Rights," Churov said at a meeting with the chairmen of Russian regions' election commissions.
It was reported Oct. 20 that Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission registered 318 observers from 42 countries for the parliamentary election.
As many as 27 international organizations will also send their observers.
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will be represented at the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan by over 70 observers.