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GISDI Interim Report - Azerbaijan Early Presidential Elections, 11 April 2018 29.03.2018

         GISDI is honoured to be in Azerbaijan and organize an international observation mission in Presidential Elections upon invitation by CEC. The mission is jointly conducted with “Legal World” – Legal Advocacy Public Union, based in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

        GISDI has been observing elections in Azerbaijan from 2003 till 2008. Alongside it have been conducting Exit poll in this period of time.
        
​         For this Presidential election observation mission, GISDI registered more than 80 international observers – most of them are MP, university professors, layers, specialists of public communication. All of them come from Europe – West and Central Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic states, Balkan Peninsula and of course from Bulgaria. All of them are short term observers. They will work in pairs in different regions of Azerbaijan. Each pair will observe 4-6 PS in 5 time zones
  • Opening of PS at 8.00 a.m. and an hour latter;
  • Voting before 1.00 p.m.
  • Voting after 2.00 p.m.
  • Closing at 7.00 p.m.
  • Counting and completion of the PS protocols after 8.00 p.m.
        The information will be registered in GISDI Report Form for Polling Station Observation. The questionnaire will be attached to our Interim Report.
  

INTERIM REPORT: TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Macropolitical environment and frame
  • Azerbaijan pre-election situation
  • Legal framework and election administration
  • Voters lists and voter registration
  • Voter education and empowerment
  • Candidate nomination and registration
  • Election campaign
  • Media in election process
  • Pre-election surveys and exit polls
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Election observation
  • GISDI observation focuses in e-day at polling stations

 
FINDINGS

 
  • Macropolitical environment in the country favors the conduct of free and democratic elections.
  • We have not observed any threat to the free exercise of the people’s voting rights and the organization of the electoral process.
  • The analysis of the Election code and other related laws and regulations allows to conclude that the electoral legal framework complies with most international standards for free and fair elections.
  • The observation we have conducted on the work of the election administration provides enough evidence for us to give it a positive evaluation.
  • The voter lists are updated regularly, and the overall process of maintenance and update of the lists is transparent and well organized. There is an efficient system of voter de-registration cards allowing the voters to fully exercise their right to vote.
  • The procedure and requirements for nomination and registration of candidates are fully and clearly set out in the law. Although two of the candidates were rejected and other five dropped out from the process, we consider that all fundamental democratic principles have been respected.
  • The media monitoring shows that one of the candidates – the incumbent president – has more media presence than the other candidates. This is explained by the fact that the media are covering his activities as president as well as his campaign.
  • There have been no violations of the electoral legislation in the first ten days of the campaign. No complaints and appeals have been filed so far.
  • Some of the parties boycott the elections. However, we expect that their boycott will not hinder the overall electoral process.

In conclusion,

       GISDI considers and would like to state that all fundamental conditions and prerequisites for conducting fair and democratic elections in accordance with the international standards exist in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Voters can freely and fully exercise their constitutional right to vote. We hope that our observation of the electoral process until and on election day will not encounter any facts or hear any arguments that could make us change the conclusion we have as of today.

       We as an organization would like to wish the Azerbaijani people to have a fair, transparent and successful elections.



 
 
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