Observer from Tatarstan: Elections in Azerbaijan - important step to strengthen democracy principles
Elections in Azerbaijan are another important step to strengthen the principles of democracy in the country, an observer from Russia's Tatarstan Republic told secki-2020.az.
"We have already made observations at several polling stations. All necessary conditions for the free expression of the will of voters have been provided in Azerbaijan. In particular, the polling stations are equipped with modern equipment. This suggests that serious preparations were made for the elections," the observer said.
"Elections in Azerbaijan are another important step to strengthen the principles of democracy in the country. There were queues in the precincts where I conducted observations. The elections are free, democratic and transparent," the observer added.
The parliamentary elections of the sixth convocation were held in Azerbaijan on Feb. 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.
Throughout the day, 5,573 permanent polling stations operated in 125 constituencies of the country. There were 5,329,460 registered voters.
Some 883 international observers and 77,790 local observers monitored the voting process. Among the local observers, 35,152 were representatives of political parties. International observers represented 58 countries and 59 organizations.
Exit polls were conducted by AJF & Associates Inc. (US) jointly with Citizens' Labor Rights Protection League, the Rey Monitoring Center, and the French OpinionWay Research Institute together with the “Human Rights in the XXI Century – Azerbaijan” Foundation.