CIS Observation Mission to arrive in Azerbaijan in mid. Oct.
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 24 / Trend S. Agayeva /
The CIS Observation Mission will start its activity in the parliamentary elections of Azerbaijan on October 17, the CIS Executive Committee said.
The first group of observers, including the organizational group, will arrive in Baku on October 17 to conduct accreditation of short-and long-term observers on-site, establish the headquarters of observers, the Executive Committee told Trend.
Later the representatives from the embassies of the CIS countries accredited in Baku will join them, the Executive Committee said.
Yevgeniy Sloboda will lead the CIS observation mission again as during the presidential elections in Azerbaijan in 2008.
Elections to the Azerbaijani parliament are scheduled for Nov. 7. According to a list submitted to the Central Election Commission, the number of voters constantly living in the country is about 5 million people.
Previous legislative elections were held in November 2005. Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 electoral constituencies.
Two CIS observation groups - short-term and long-term will arrive to monitor the elections in Azerbaijan by carrying out pre-election monitoring and monitoring on election day, the executive committee said. One group will be located in the capital city Baku, while the second will be located in Azerbaijani regions.
CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev will arrive in Azerbaijan on the eve of elections.
The CIS mission will issue a preliminary report on the day after the elections. The final report will be prepared within two months after the elections.
Earlier, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe missions in Azerbaijan declared their intention to propose joint projects in preparation for the upcoming elections.
These organizations said in a joint statement that they aim to support the efforts of the Azerbaijani authorities to improve the electoral process and elections in line with the OSCE, commitments made by Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe and other standards for democratic elections.
It was also stated that the assistance will focus on strengthening political dialogue, the potential and independence of the Central Electoral Commission and other relevant organizations, and media support. It will provide independent, impartial and full coverage of the campaigns of all candidates, encourage proper execution of the law on freedom of assembly, and promote public interest in the electoral process.