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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 11
By Ilhama Isabalayeva – Trend:
The Azerbaijani people have made a right choice by voting for Ilham Aliyev in the April 11 presidential election, said Deputy Prime Minister and Executive Secretary - Deputy Chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmadov commenting on exit-poll results.
Ahmadov noted that the presidential election in Azerbaijan can be considered as valid.
More than 74 percent of voters cast ballots in the election, he said.
“I congratulate the Azerbaijani people on this occasion. According to exit-poll results, President Ilham Aliyev garnered over 80 percent of votes. The Azerbaijani people chose the right path. Azerbaijan has greatly developed during Ilham Aliyev’s presidency,” he added.
“Azerbaijani citizens voted for stability by voting for Ilham Aliyev. The next seven years will be the stage of new development in Azerbaijan,” added Ahmadov.
The deputy prime minister also noted that Azerbaijan will develop more rapidly in the next seven years, the role of Azerbaijan in energy security of the world will increase and the economic development will accelerate.
Azerbaijan’s future, as its present day, is related to Ilham Aliyev, added Ahmadov.
Azerbaijan held a presidential election today, on April 11. The election process ended at 19:00 [UTC +4].
Eight candidates were registered for the election. Six of the candidates were nominated by political parties, one candidate was a self-nominee and another candidate was nominated by an initiative group.
On the voting day, 5,426 permanent polling stations and 215 temporary polling stations in 125 constituencies operated in the country.
Web cameras were installed in 1,000 polling stations in 119 electoral districts. During the day, the voting process could be observed online from the website of the Central Election Commission (CEC).
The election was observed by 894 international observers (61 organizations, 59 countries) and 58,175 local observers.