EP announces schedule of election observation mission in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend , V. Zhavoronkova/
A delegation of seven Members of European Parliament (MEPs) will arrive in Baku on Monday to start their election observation mission, together with more than 300 international observers from different international organisations, which will monitor the Azerbaijani presidential elections scheduled for October 9, the organization said.
The aim of the MEPs' mission is to assess whether the 2013 presidential elections in Azerbaijan are conducted in accordance with the country's international commitments and national laws.
MEPs' work will be guided by international standards and criteria, as defined by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), and based on fundamental civil and political rights.
It is planned that on Oct. 7-8 MEPs will meet with the Azerbaijani electoral authorities, international election observation organisations, presidential candidates, representatives of NGOs and analysts.
On Wednesday, October 9, on election day, MEPs will observe the elections in Baku and other cities. They will visit polling stations, watch the voting process and observe the opening of the ballot boxes and counting of votes.
After discussions, a joint preliminary statement on the findings of the international observation mission will be made public in a press conference which will be held on Thursday, October 10 in Baku, Hyatt Regency Hotel, at 14.30 (Baku time)..
The Delegation members, which came from different political groups that are represented in European Parliament, are Pino Arlacchi (Italy, S&D), Head of Delegation, Filip Kaczmarek (Poland, EPP), Joachim Zeller (Germany, EPP), Mr Evgeni Kirilov ( Bulgaria, S&D ).