CE Sec-Gen welcomes presidential decree on preparation of parliamentary elections
"I welcome yesterday's Presidential Decree on the preparation of parliamentary elections on 6 November,вЂќ Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stated.
В"If I were entitled to vote in Azerbaijani elections on 6 November, I would be glad to have my finger inked", says Terry Davis
The proposed measures should clear the way for a better domestic observation, improve the guarantee of the crucial principle 'one person - one vote' by inking fingers, and improve the prospects for impartial conduct by the state administration during the elections," said
the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
"For some time now, I have been a strong advocate of finger-inking for the Azerbaijani elections. This is an accepted practice in several Council of Europe member states. There is nothing undignified about it, "said Terry Davis.
"If I were entitled to vote on 6 November, I would feel reassured to have my finger - and everybody else's finger - inked. I would know that nobody else had voted twice, and that is my basic right in an election
I hope that the Parliament and the Central Electoral Commission will act without delay on the recommendations by President Ilham Aliyev," concluded the Secretary General.