U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan familiarizes with voting process at presidential election (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 9 / Trend, E. Aliyev
US Ambassador in Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar has arrived at one of the polling stations in Baku for observing the process of election of Azerbaijani president.
Morningstar, accompanied by employees of the embassy, arrived at the 18th election district of the second Narimanov electoral constituency #20.
He familiarized himself with the conditions at the station, and talked to the local observers from various political parties and organizations.
The representatives of the station's electoral committee informed the ambassador on how the vote count will be carried out once the voting is finished, and said that the observers will be present during the vote count.
The head of the election station said that there are 1470 registered voters at the station, and pronounced the station open.
Richard Morningstar observed how the first voters carried out their civic duty.
The presidential election voting started in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Country's polling stations opened at 8:00 am and will close at 7:00 pm (local time).
Ten candidates will take part in the elections including the Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the chairman of Umid Party Igbal Aghazadeh, self-nominated candidate MP Zahid Oruj, the chairman of the United Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (UAPFP) MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, the chairman of the Modern Musavat Party Hafiz Hajiyev, the chairman of the Azerbaijan Social Democratic Party (ASDP) Araz Alizadeh, the chairman of the National Revival Movement Party, MP Faraj Guliyev, the candidate nominated by the initiative group of voters of the 'National Council of Democratic Forces', Jamil Hasanli, the chairman of the Adalat Party, MP Ilyas Ismayilov and the chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party (ADP) Sardar Jalaloglu.
The Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan has registered 5,145,643 voters.
In connection with the presidential elections, the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan established 5,273 permanent and 219 temporary polling stations.
Totally, 52,000 people will observe the election in Azerbaijan, nearly 1,400 of which are international observers.