CIS IPA: Election commissions' work at Azerbaijani presidential election meets highest standards
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 9/Trend, S.Agayeva/
The work of the election commissions at the Azerbaijani presidential election meets the highest standards, the coordinator of the international observers' group from the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly (IPA) Leonid Slutsky said.
"There are many interesting know-how in this campaign compared even to the previous Azerbaijani presidential election and parliamentary elections. Azerbaijani CEC has been working on improving the election system. Of course, this contributes to ensure a free expression of will and a sense of solemnity of this day," Slutsky told journalists on Wednesday.
The international observers from CIS IPA work in different polling stations since morning and observe the voting process.
"Today we participated in the opening of four polling stations, watched how the ballot boxes were sealed up and ballot papers were prepared. We also talked with the observers from various political parties," he said.
Country's polling stations opened at 8:00 am and will close at 7:00 pm (local time).
Ten candidates are taking 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 are observing the election in Azerbaijan, nearly 1,400 of which are international observers.
Also, the presidential election is being covered by over 70 representatives from over 20 international media outlets.