Azerbaijani citizens working at sea to vote in presidential election

Azerbaijani citizens working at sea to vote in presidential election

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend E. Ismayilov /

The Azerbaijan State Caspian Sea Shipping Company has created all the necessary conditions to ensure a voting process takes place on board ships which will be at sea on the day of presidential election in the country, head of Company's press service Vugar Sadigov told Trend on Monday.

The presidential election in Azerbaijan will be held on October 9. The previous one was held on October 15, 2008 and are held every five years.

According to Sadigov, to ensure the voting process on all ships that will be at sea on the day of the presidential election, polling stations have been established.

"Lists of crew members of these vessels have already been approved and accordingly, they will vote at these polling stations," he said.

The head of the company's press service said that after completion of the voting process, the one responsible for the voting on the ship, namely the captain will quickly pass the information on the voting to the shore.

In turn, according to Sadigov, all employees of the shipping company including the crew of those vessels moored in the country and in particular those vessels being repaired, will vote at their place of residence.

"All company employees based on land and on ships at sea, will actively participate in the voting process," the head of the press service said.

As SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) told Trend on Monday, in accordance with electoral law, all conditions are being made available for SOCAR employees who will be on duty at sea on ships and platforms in the voting period, to ensure their participation in the electoral process.

"Company employees will be able to vote on offshore production platforms and large vessels. Upon completion of the voting process, all data will be transferred to the shore for counting," the State Oil Company stressed.

British BP which is a party to major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan also created all the necessary conditions to ensure voting in the presidential election.

As BP told Trend on Monday, since mid-September, the company has started to prepare all the necessary conditions for participation in the election for employees who will be on duty on-board at sea on Election Day.

"In particular, conditions are being created for workers on offshore platforms to vote," the company stressed.

According to BP, workers of land sites and in particular employees of the Sangachal oil terminal will be transported by special buses to the nearby polling station to vote in accordance with the electoral law.

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