EMDS Final Report on findings of monitoring the 11 April 2018 early Presidential Election in Azerbaijan

Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) conducted  observation of the April 11, 2018 Presidential election in Azerbaijan covering all major election processes – nomination of candidates, pre-election campaign,election day voting and vote counting.

EMDS conducted its long-term election observation by collaborating with 22 observers throughout the process. On election day EMDS cooperated with 166 volunteer observers across 110 electoral districts. EMDS conducted a sample-based observation, which provided an accurate, comprehensive assessment of election day process. Observers monitored a random, representative sample of 125 polling stations.

EMDS, by summarizing the results of the April 11, 2018 presidential election monitoring, declares that the election was not free, fair and democratic. Based on the recording of shortcomings in all stages of the extraordinary election, EMDS notes that the election took place without the expression of the true will of Azerbaijani people in the absence of alternative and real competition.

You can download the report here.