Azerbaijan’s Presidential Election Noted for Turnout of Young Voters: Co-Founder of Ireli Youth Movement
"Yesterday's presidential vote was especially important for the youth," Ceyhun Osmanli, co-founder of Ireli youth movement said to Trend .
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.
Central Elections Commission said about 75.65% of voters took part in the vote. Already 70% of polling stations have announced results. Ruling party candidate Ilham Aliyev has won 89.04% of votes.
The youth made up specific layer of population at the vote.
"No election was held in Azerbaijan over the last three years. Therefore, three generations of young people were formed. They voted for the first time. We watched them very closely. It was especially interesting for those who voted for the first time. We told young voters that the votes of each of them were vital. By doing so, they express their attitude towards ongoing processes in the country, contribute to democratic image and development of their country for the upcoming five years," Osmanli added.
By taking part in election, voters want to contribute to the democratic reputation of their country globally.
"Because, in presidential vote, voters are more involved in the democratic exam than those who conduct it. From this viewpoint, turnover of voters was very high. Citizens are very active when they approach election as an idea. When they vote for a candidate, they vote for their own ideas. There was such an idea and voters went to polling stations in large numbers," Osmanli added.
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