" Local and international observer missions, including the PACE observation mission in the Parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan Nov 1 have conflimed that the elections have been held freely, democratically, transparently and reflect the will of the voters, and the preparation for the elections and the voting process was professionally and technically well organized," SIA
reports that the spokesman of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmat Hajiyev told it.
According to the spokjesman of the Ministry, election process was held in accordance with the Electoral Code and observers have not recorded any specific violations.
The elections were monitored by over 500 foreign and over 63,000 local observers. The foreign observers represented 27 countries and 40 international organizations, including the Parliamentary Assembly of theCouncil of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries,
"Local media covered the election without the need for any registration and accreditation. 42 representatives of 27 foreign media accredited to cover the elections."
According to the statement, on July 25 of this year, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry sent the invitation to the OSCE/ODIHR, and on August 12-14, the Needs Assessment Mission of this structure visited Azerbaijan and prepared a report which recommended to send 30 long-term and 350 short-term observers in addition to the main expert staff.
“In this regard, the Azerbaijani side in the letter addressed to the ODIHR stated that it is acceptable to appoint 6 long-term and 125 short-term observers in accordance with the country's population and 125 constituencies and recommended to review the NAM’s report. As a result, the ODIHR, without making clear the criteria and methodology of determining the ration between the country's population, 125 constituencies and the number of observers, rejected the proposal for consultation on its controversial recommendations, and under the influence of certain circles it was made a unilateral decision not to send an observation mission for the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan, which is contrary to the mandate of the OSCE/ODIHR. ODIHR has no authority to take such a decision unilaterally. This institution, in accordance with its mandate, should assist member states in organizing elections,” the Ministry's official stated.
The ODIHR demonstrated a non-constructive position on the Azerbaijani side’s proposal to solve the issue through constructive consultations at the Permanent Council with the involvement of Serbia, the OSCEChairmanship-in-Office, as well as to send not an observation mission but a technical expert group to the election, said the ministry.
The ODIHR and some other circles have no ground to express any opinion about Azerbaijan’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election, taking into account the violation of mandate by those structures and their unprofessional behavior, said the statement.
The Azerbaijani people participated in the election expressing their voting rights and will freely.
The results and legitimacy of the election are determined the will of the Azerbaijani voters, their votes and a voter turnout, said the statement.
Local and international observer missions in Parliamentary elections for the fifth convocation of Milli Majlis, including the PACE observation mission confirmed that the elections are held freely, democratically and transparently, they reflected the will of the voters, and the process of preparation for the elections and the voting process. It was organized professionally and at a high technical level.