Azerbaijani NGOs’ Observation Group Says Election Well Organized
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 October / Trend corr. J.Babayeva/ Observation group of Azerbaijani NGOs says the presidential election in Azerbaijan was well organized.
"Candidates were provided with all conditions to conduct the election campaign. The vote was well organized," says the statement of the observation group of 11 local NGOs.
According to the statement, the voter turnout at presidential election was the highest as compared to previous elections in Azerbaijan.
Observers noticed several violations. "Several minor violations have been revealed, but they will not affect the result of the vote. Those are technical problems. Agitation materials of the presidential contenders were found at several polling stations," says document.
Observation group of local NGOs watched the vote at 40 polling stations.
According to outline returns, Ilham Aliyev won 89.04% of the votes, chairman of the Azerbaijan Central Elections Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov said at a news conference on 15 October.
Seven candidates ran 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 outline returns, Igbal Agazade won 2.78%, Fazil Gazanfaroglu - 2.40%, Gudrat Hasanguliyev - 2.22%, Gulamhuseyn Alibayli - 2.18%, Fuad Aliyev - 0.75% and Hafiz Hajiyev - 0.62%.
CEC registered 4,834,584 voters. The vote was conducted at 5,359 polling stations, with 5,148 permanent and 33 located at embassies, consulates and 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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