Azerbaijan’s Presidential Election was Free, Democratic: Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 October/ Trend , corr J. Babayeva / The presidential election in Azerbaijan was free, democratic and open and met the national election legislation and international standards, Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan said.
Representatives of Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission monitored the 15 October presidential election in Azerbaijan. According to the initial results of the elections, Ilham Aliyev gained 89.04% of votes, Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Azerbaijan Mazahir Panahov told a press conference.
"The Election Code of Azerbaijan provides legislative framework for fair, transparent and honest elections and enables citizens to realize their constitutional rights to elect and be elected," Kazakh CEC said.
Moreover, we revealed very small technical problems which cannot have a great impact on the results of the vote, Kazakh CEC said.
Seven candidates were running for presidency at the 15 October presidential 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.
According to CEC preliminary results, Igbal Agazade gained 2.78%, Fazil Gazanfaroglu - 2.40%, Gudrat Hasanguliyev - 2.22%, Gulamhuseyn Alibayli - 2.18%, Fuad Aliyev - 0.75% and Hafiz Hajiyev - 0.62%.
The Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan registered 4,834,584 voters. The voting was conducted in 125 constituencies - 5,359 polling stations - of which 5,148 are permanent and 33 located in Azerbaijan's foreign diplomatic missions
A total of 1,233 international observers from about 60 countries monitored the vote. The largest monitoring missions account for Council of Europe, OSCE and CIS.
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