“Boycott” of Azerbaijani parliamentary election by ODIHR unacceptable (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 10:01)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 3
OSCE/ODIHR and some other structures have no reason to express any opinion about Azerbaijan's Nov. 1 parliamentary election, taking into account the violation of mandate by those structures and their unprofessional behavior, said Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
PACE's observer mission, and other international and local missions confirmed that the election, held in Azerbaijan Nov. 1, was free and democratic, reflected the voters' will, while the election preparations and the voting process were organized at a high level, according to a message issued by the ministry Nov. 3.
The voting process complied with the Electoral Code of Azerbaijan, and neither the Central Election Commission, nor the international observers had any complaints regarding the electoral process.
"Some circles' talks about a "boycott" of the election, statements about a low voter turnout and that allegedly Azerbaijan didn't create an opportunity for the ODIHR to observe the election, are absolutely groundless accusations aimed at casting shadow on the Azerbaijani election results," said the ministry.