Azerbaijan’s Presidential Election Just and Democratic: National NGO Forum

Politics Materials 16 October 2008 15:47 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 October / Trend corr. J.Babayeva/ Azerbaijani National NGO Forum said presidential elections in the country were just and democratic.

"A wide range of NGOs observed the presidential election. They did not reveal any serious violation. And the minor violations will not affect the result of the vote," Rauf Zeyni, Chairman of the National NGO Forum, said at a news conference on 16 October.

According to Zeyni, final estimate of the presidential election will be divulged in near future.

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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