British MP: Azerbaijani presidential election held in accordance with international standards
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 10/Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva/
The presidential election in Azerbaijan was held in accordance with the international standards, the member of the British parliament, a member of the United Kingdom-Azerbaijan Friendship Group, Michael Gorman said on Thursday at the press-conference in the Independent Media Centre.
"I participated not only in the monitoring of the election, but also in the counting of votes," he said.
According to Gorman, the voters expressed a full trust in the election process.
According to him, no significant irregularities were observed. The election day proved that Azerbaijan has a great progress in terms of democratic development, Gorman said.
According to the representative of Great Britain, all election procedures corresponded to the international norms and the minor shortcomings that sometimes occured, can be easily eliminated.
According to Gorman, a large number of the observers invited to the country shows that Azerbaijan wanted to hold free and open elections.
According to him, Azerbaijani citizens can easily express their opinion and make their choice.
"The desire and readiness of the people to participate in the election and even the queues at the polling stations show a great citizen engagement," he said.
The organization of the televised debates for the candidates is a good practice and the free debate atmosphere creates great opportunities for the democratic development, Gorman concluded.
Azerbaijani presidential election was held on October 9.
According to the initial results announced by Azerbaijani CEC after processing of ballots from all polling stations, the current head of the state, the candidate from the ruling new Azerbaijan Party Ilham Aliyev won the election with 84.55 percent of votes (3,126,612 voters).