Rey Monitoring Centre: Ilham Aliyev wins presidential election in Azerbaijan (UPDATE)
Details added (first version published on 19:50)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 9 /Trend E.Aliyev/
According to results of the exit poll, conducted by the Rey Monitoring Centre, current Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev won the presidential election in Azerbaijan with 81.4 percent of votes.
The head of the Centre Rizvan Abbasov said on Wednesday that 9.1 percent of the respondents said that they have voted for the candidacy of National Council's representative Jamil Hasanli, 1.4 percent for the chairman of Umid Party Igbal Aghazadeh, 0.3 percent for the self-nominated candidate MP Zahid Oruj, 0.3 percent for the chairman of the United Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (UAPFP) MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, 0.3 percent for the chairman of the Modern Musavat Party Hafiz Hajiyev, 0.7 percent for the chairman of the Azerbaijan Social Democratic Party (ASDP) Araz Alizadeh, 0.2 percent for the chairman of the National Revival Movement Party, MP Faraj Guliyev, 0.3 percent for the chairman of the Adalat Party, MP Ilyas Ismayilov, 0.2 percent for the chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party (ADP) Sardar Jalaloglu.
According to him, 4.4 percent of the voters refused to participate in the survey on the voting results. According to the respondents, the invalid ballot papers amounted to remaining 1.4 percent.
According to the head of the Centre, during the survey it became clear that 66.8 percent of voters participated in the voting. The survey was held in 500 polling stations and 64 constituencies over the republic.
"This is information for 18:30, but given that the activity decreases by the evening, the data will slightly differ from the final results," Abbasov said.
The results were not unexpected for us, as the surveys held in recent months showed the similar results," Abbasov added.
The presidential election voting started in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Country's polling stations opened at 8:00 am and were closed at 7:00 pm (local time).
Ten candidates took 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.