Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend E.Huseynli, I.Alizade / The Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan (CEC) announced as democratic the elections held in Russia. "No law contraventions took place during the Parliamentary elections in Russia," said the Head of CEC International Relations Department, Rovzat Gasimov, who observed the elections in Moscow, on 3 December.
Azerbaijan's five-person delegation headed by the CEC Chairman, Mazahir Panahov, observed the parliamentary elections in Russia on 2 December. According to the official information provided by the Central Election Commission of Russia, 98% of the election bulletins have already been accounted. Collecting 64.1% of the votes, Unified Russia Party takes the lead. The Communist Party received 11.6% of the votes, Liberal Democratic Party 8.2% and Fair Russia Party 7.8%. Gasimov said that the voters were passive in the first half of the day, but active in the second half.
According to him, Panahov met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Churov, and informed him of the Azerbaijani observers' assessment. The
Azerbaijan MPs who observed the elections in Russia also believe that no serious law breaks took place during the elections, said the member of the observation mission of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, MP Evda Abramov, by telephone from Makhachkala on 3 December. "We did not observe any major contraventions in favor of or against any party. We held discussions with the representatives of the attending parties who lost in the elections. They also accept the results of the elections and have not shown any dissatisfaction. Therefore, we do not support the position of the OSCE, Council of Europe and other international organizations that serious contraventions were observed during the elections," Abramov said.
Five Azerbaijani MPs, Evda Abramov, Elton Mammadov, Mirkazim Kazimov, Sabir Hajiyev and Khalilbey Gunashov, as part of the observation mission of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, observed the elections in five polling stations in Derbend and near regions. According to Abramov, the elections did not take place at an ideal level, but in a more democratic and neutral manner compared to elections held in Russia. According to him, the people were found to be active in the elections. "The elections took place in accordance with the international and Russian laws," he said. According to the Azerbaijani MP, several small contraventions took place during the elections. This includes an inaccuracy in the election lists, lack of names in the election lists, entry of employees of the law enforcement bodies to the polling stations (they should stay 50-100 m away from the polling stations), one person's voting instead of several people.
According to Abramov, the observation mission of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly will announce the closing assessment on 4 December.