Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections should be example for region

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Claude Monique, head of the observation mission from the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, at the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in Baku, November 1, 2015

Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections should be example for region


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The parliamentary election in Azerbaijan should be an example for the whole region, said Claude Monique, head of the observation mission from the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center.

He made the remarks during the press conference on the results of the parliamentary election held on November 1 in Azerbaijan.

The election was held in compliance with all western norms, according to the observer.

He noted that the voting process was well organized and all necessary conditions were created in all polling stations.

The ESISC observation mission consisting of eight members visited six constituencies and 100 polling stations in Baku, Sumgayit and Khirdalan.

Meanwhile, the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM) said the election day of the deputies of the Parliament of Azerbaijan was organised and held in accordance with international commitments.

The Group of observers from Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development was invited to monitor the Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan, which took place on November 1, 2015. The short-term Group included Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ivan Krulko, Deputy of the Parliament of Georgia, Zurab Abashidze, and GUAM Secretary General Valery Chechelashvili, who coordinated activities of the Group of Observers.

Based on the results gathered based on observing 20 (twenty) polling sites in the 8th, 15th, 118th, 122th, 124th and 125th electoral precincts of the city of Baku, and 7 (seven) polling sites and in the 42nd and 44th electoral precincts of the city of Sumgayit, the Group of GUAM Observers decided to issue the following statement:

“The election day of the deputies of the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan was organised and held in accordance with international commitments and standards for democratic elections, as well as in accordance with national legislation, the rules and procedures elaborated by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” it said.

“With respect to the organization of the elections and the activities of the commissions at polling sites, the group of GUAM observers has no significant remarks. Shortcomings identified at some polling sites could not affect the results of the vote,” the statement said.

The elections of November 1, 2015, took place in the spirit of calm and, in general, can be evaluated positively – as being both free and fair.”

Meanwhile, a Turkish observer said that the election in Azerbaijan was successfully held in accordance with international norms and standards and principles of democracy.

Akkan Suver, head of the observation mission from Turkish Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation said, “Equipping precincts with web cameras is another evidence of transparency of the election”.

Azerbaijan is an example of democracy in the Turkic world, which showed the world an example of democratic election, Suver said and congratulated Azerbaijani people on the successful election.

Meanwhile, Iranian Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pak Ayeen said on November 3 that the fact that Azerbaijan’s parliamentary election was held in a peaceful atmosphere is going to boost the country’s stability.

“Despite some foreign efforts to imply that there was tension during the election, the independent reports indicate that the election has been held peacefully,” Pak Ayeen said.

“Baku’s resistance to unjustified pressure from the West proved that some Western countries’ policy to dictate and exert pressure is ineffective,” he noted.

Azerbaijan held the parliamentary elections on November 1.

“ODIHR’s principles are by no means “golded’, and they are treated very freely, whereas there should be clear and transparent rules for monitoring, equal for all the countries to the east and west of Vienna,” Tass quoted Andrey Kelin, head of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry in an interview.

According to Kelin, who is also a Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE in Vienna, the refusal of OSCE ODIHR to send observers to the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan came as a big surprise. “The situation with ODIHR looks very strange. For example, only two experts went to monitor elections in Germany, however about 600 people were expected to monitor elections in Kyrgyzstan.” The Russian diplomat said that the same situation occurred in Belarus and in Azerbaijan, when Baku sought to limit the number of ODIHR observers.

“Similar situation has occurred in the past. There is nothing new,” the diplomat said, adding that there is no need for “troops of observers”. According to Kelin, ODIHR’s refusal to come to Azerbaijan proves a prejudice of this organisation.

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