Independent observer: Voter turnout at Azerbaijan's presidential election is even more than in U.S
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 9 / Trend E. Aliyev /
Very high voter turnout is observed at all constituencies, U.S independent observer Solomon Ortiz told Trend today.
Ortiz is a representative of the observation mission of the Central European political monitoring group. He has visited six polling stations.
According to him, one of the main points stressed during the election observation is the lack of any violations and a high level of transparency of the voting process.
"The voter turnout in the elections is even more here than in the U.S.," he said while observing the voting process at polling stations No 21 and No 22 of the second Nasimi constituency No 22, where around 2,500 voters were registered.
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.
Web cameras have been installed in 1000 polling stations in 119 constituencies of Azerbaijan. Unlike in previous years, this time the voting process can be monitored via mobile devices such as smartphones.
Totally, 52,000 people will observe the election in Azerbaijan, nearly 1,400 of which are international observers.
Also, the presidential election will be covered by over 70 representatives from over 20 international media outlets.