Russian CEC hails parliamentary election in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 2
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
Russian Central Election Commission has positively assessed the parliamentary election held in Azerbaijan.
"The election took place at a normal voter turnout," said Vladimir Churov, the chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission. "We congratulate our colleagues in this regard."
He said that the Russian Central Election Commission, just like the CIS mission, mentioned the high accuracy of voter lists.
"Probably, it's the highest accuracy of voter lists in Europe, even in the Eurasian region," Churov said, adding that all polling stations opened on time.
He mentioned the great efforts were made for the electoral process to take place at an appropriate level, despite harsh weather conditions.
Churov said that the voting took place without violations. There were enough booths for secret voting, he said, adding that the number of ballots were equal to the number in the list of voters.
He said that it is legally allowed in Russia to print ballots and information about the candidates in multiple languages, adding that it would be good to apply this experience in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan held its parliamentary election Nov. 1. As many as 767 candidates ran for 125 seats in the country's parliament. The election was monitored by 503 international observers from 40 organizations and over 66,000 local observers.
Following the election, many foreign observers, analysts and experts pointed out the transparency, openness and smooth voting process at the election, as well as high voter turnout.