Russia, Lithuanian observers: Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were democratic

Lithuanian observers
Some of the international observers in their reports have said the Azerbaijan's Parliamentary elections were free, fair and democratic despite noting very low tourout of the electorates.

Russia and Lithuanian international observers have separately commended the election processes as commendable and democratic. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev''s party won a majority in Sunday''s election which the opposition claimed it was "totally falsified".

Russia's Federation Council reports confirmed that the voters at parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were sympathetic to young candidates and that the electoral systems were Adherence to the principles of transparency, democratic organization.

Strict adherence to laws was noted at all polling stations during the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, the head of the delegation from Russia's Federation Council (upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) Lilia Gumerova told Trend.

Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were held in conditions of democracy and transparency, Valerijus Simulik, the international observer and head of the Lithuanian-Azerbaijani Interparliamentary Friendship Group, said at a press conference on the results of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, Trend reports Feb. 10.

Simulik noted that he had repeatedly been an observer in the elections in Azerbaijan. 'We visited 15 polling stations of three constituencies, including the Jojug Marjanli settlement,' the observer said. 'There were not only parties' members, but also independent representatives among the observers.'

In the Russian reports, Gumerova said,  "I would like to note that from the first days we have observed a proper organization of the electoral process of the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan," .
Gumerava noted that the Russian observers visited 11 polling stations in three constituencies.

"Proper work was done all around. We saw high professionalism of the chairmen of the precinct election commissions. Firstly, many of them have been working for several years, thanks to which we observed a clear knowledge of the law and a friendly attitude towards voters," she said.

Gumerova added that according to the experience of observing voting outside Baku, the election process in other regions and cities was not inferior to the capital.

Lilia Gumerova
"We noted the great interest of international observers, as well as local political parties. The chairmen of the commissions answered questions very comprehensively. A large number of observers from different countries and organizations should be noted: representatives of 58 countries and 59 international organizations attended the elections, while the total number of observers was more than 8,000," the Russian observer said.

"Yesterday we also got acquainted with the results of the turnout and it was over 47 percent. A similar indicator is relevant for many countries. Outside the capital, the turnout is usually higher, but in the city it was progressive and with each passing hour the number of metropolitan voters began to grow rapidly. The peak was at 14:15, according to our observations," Gumerova said.

According to Gumerova, there was no excessive excitement and politicization, which is also a sign of stability.

"Young individuals accounted for most of the candidates. In one of the constituencies, four out of 12 candidates were under 30 years old. Ordinary citizens are sympathetic to young candidates. We also consider this a positive factor," Lilia Gumerova said.

"The newly formed parliament will base its work on the foundation of certain stability, but at the same time it will attract young parliamentarians with new progressive ideas," the Russian observer added.

The parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on February 9. Some 1,314 candidates were registered within the early parliamentary elections. The candidacies of 246 people were nominated by 19 political parties, 1,057 were self-nominated, 11 - by initiative groups.

Twenty-one percent accounted for female candidates while 79 percent – male candidates.

As many as 5,426 permanent polling stations operated in 125 constituencies of the country.

Some 883 international observers and 77,790 local observers were monitoring the voting process. Among the local observers, 35,152 were representatives of political parties. International observers represented 58 countries and 59 organizations.

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