Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) is a non-partisan and independent nongovernmental organization which works for holding free and fair elections and development of civil society and democratic traditions in Azerbaijan. EMDS believes that holding free and fair elections can create necessary conditions for citizens to express their will. It could also be a significant contribution to development of democratic traditions, citizens’ welfare and protection of human rights in the light of current political crisis.
EMDS notes with regret that the election campaigning stage of 1 November 2015 Parliamentary Elections was marred with restrictions of activities of civil society, repression of freedom of speech, limitation of agitation and campaigning, withdrawal of main opposition forces from the race and uncompetitive environment, which raises serious questions about freedom and fairness of elections. Election campaign was characterized with very low key
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