Azerbaijani ruling party confident in election victory (UPDATE)
EDITOR's NOTE: Ali Ahmadov's statements added
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 8 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani ruling party is confident that it has won the parliamentary elections.
"I am confident that the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) will win these elections," NAP Deputy Chairman Ali Ahmadov said at a press conference on Sunday.
The parliamentary elections were held on Nov. 7. The Central Elections Commission (CEC) reported that 690 candidates took part in the elections, including 111 NAP candidates.
According to Ahmadov, the elections are step toward democratic development.
The elections were ended successfully, he said.
"All of the necessary conditions had been created for the political parties and citizens who participated in the elections," he said.
According to Ahmadov, some opposition parties have tried to criticize the elections.
"They say that allegedly no conditions have been created for them in elections," he said. "There were more opposition candidates than NAP candidates. The opposition uses these methods because it realizes that it is weak. During the campaign period, the opposition parties made unethical statements. This indicates that their position is weak."
Ahmadov also spoke about the violations recorded by NAP observers.
"Panah Huseyn's representatives committed acts that might affect the voting process in the Twenty-Second Nasimi Constituency No. 2," he said. "In the Fifteenth Yasamal Constituency No. 1, Isa Gambar's authorized representatives wanted to interfere with the voting process. And a group of Ali Karimli's supporters visited polling stations and tried to commit violations in the Thirty-First Surakhani Constituency. All of this was noticed by our observers. Protocols have been drawn up in all of these cases. Now we are investigating these incidents. We will appeal to the CEC in connection with these violations that the opposition committed or attempted to commit."
Ahmadov also noted that some foreign media outlets have shown bias when covering the the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
"This biased attitude is common in foreign press, which publishes the false information published by our opposition," he said. "All of the news is one-sided, and was voiced only by the opposition's representatives. These media outlets are not interested in the opinion of the authorities. Thus, they want to create a negative view of the objective, transparent and democratic elections held in Azerbaijan."