Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 19 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The CIS mission records a quiet pre-election situation in Azerbaijan, the CIS Executive Committee First Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary, Vladimir Garkun, told Trend.
"It is too early to talk about the pre-election situation after twenty-four hours being in Baku, but we record a quiet working environment and what we read in the press, confirms this," Garkun said.
Four people, including a staff and long-term observers, arrived in Azerbaijan with the mission of CIS observers, he said.
"We have informed all the parties about our visit," Garkun said. "Since we arrived just yesterday, the staff has only started his activities and we hope to hold several working meetings this week."
This week, Garkun said, the CIS mission will make an official statement on the results of the assessment of the pre-election situation.
"We will monitor the pre-election situation not only in Baku, but also outside it. We plan to visit other regions this week," Garkun added.
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 earlier.
Later the representatives from the embassies of the CIS countries accredited in Baku will join them, the Executive Committee said.
Vladimir Garkun 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.
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