OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Publicizes Report on Pre-Election Situation in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 October/ Trend , corr J. Babayeva/ OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (BDIPC) has publicized second report on pre-election situation in Azerbaijan.
Official campaign prior to presidential elections began on 17 September. The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Azerbaijan continues active preparations for elections and holds separate meetings, said a report publicized by BDIPC on 6 October.
Filling vacancies in Constituency Election Commissions and Precinct Election Commissions is still going on, said the report by the long-term observers of OSCE.
The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on 15 October. A total of seven candidates will take part in the elections including Ilham Aliyev, chairman of Ruling New Azerbaijan Party, Igbal Agazade, chairman of opposition Umid (Hope) Party, Fazil Gazanfaroglu, chairman of Great Establishment Party, Gudrat Hasanguliyev, chairman of Unified Popular Front Party, Hafiz Hajiyev, chairman of Muasir Musavat Party, Fuad Aliyev, chairman of Liberal Democrat Party and independent candidate Gulamhuseyn Alibayli.
At early September, parties included in Azadlig bloc the (the Popular Front Party, the Liberal Party and the Citizen and Development), the Musavat Party and the Public Forum 'For Azerbaijan' signed a joint statement on recognition of the presidential elections to be held on 15 October as illegitimate. Government to be formed after the presidential elections, are announced as illegitimate in the statement.
BDIPC describes pre-election situation in Azerbaijan as calm. "Calmness dominates in the country. New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) carries out active election campaign for its candidate, current President Ilham Aliyev," report said.
BDIPC describes little interest of public in presidential elections as a lack of competition.
Other candidates also hold election campaigns, but rather restrained, BDIPC said.
BDIPC expressed concern over the fact that Precinct Election Commission have not yet been provide with web cameras.
Surveillance cameras will be installed in Precinct Election Commission on day of presidential elections to observe voting, Mazahir Panahov, chairman of CEC said earlier.
CEC chairman said cameras will cover 10% of election Precinct Election Commission. All processes from preparations of elections commissions for voting to sending protocols to Constituency Election Commissions will be observed by camera. The cameras will be connected to internet to secure an opportunity to observe elections all over the world.
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