Azerbaijan, Baku, October 10/Trend, A.Akhundov/
Azerbaijani presidential election was free, open, competitive and met the generally accepted international norms of holding elections, according to the joint statement of the observation mission from Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament) for the Azerbaijani presidential election.
The statement was read out by the member of the Verkhovna Rada Oleg Zarubinsky at the briefing on Wednesday.
"The election was held in accordance with the Azerbaijani Constitution and the country's current electoral legislation. Government bodies and local self-government bodies, the country's election commissions carried out practical measures to ensure the voters' right to free expression of will," the statement said.
According to the statement, no systemic deficiencies which would affect the voting results during the monitoring (the mission visited 10 polling stations) were revealed. In addition, the procedure of counting the votes at the monitored polling stations was carried out in accordance to the current legislation and was open.
The mission mentioned the purposeful and effective work of the electoral bodies on preparation and conducting of the election and stated that it didn't detect facts putting the legitimacy of Azerbaijani presidential election under question.
The presidential election voting was held in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Country's polling stations opened at 8:00 am and will close 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 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 observed the election in Azerbaijan, nearly 1,400 of which were international observers.
Also, the presidential election is being covered by over 70 representatives from over 20 international media outlets.