ON INVESTIGATION OF ELECTION COMPLAINTS FOLLOWING
THE 9 OCTOBER 2013 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN AZERBAIJAN
Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) conducted long-term and short-term observation of the presidential election together with domestic non-governmental organizations and citizen groups producing two Interim Reports and Preliminary Statement following the Election Day1.
32 professionally trained long-term observers cooperating with EMDS monitored nomination and registration of candidates, pre-election campaigning and preparation to the Election Day periods during the 9 October 2013 Presidential Election.
On the Election Day, observers collaborating with the organization conducted observation of voting and vote tabulation in 769 randomly selected polling stations across the country. They reported serious violations in 91 percent of polling stations, while cases of multiple voting, ballot stuffing, voting of ineligible persons and inaccurate reflection of voting results on protocols were noted in 30-45 percent of all polling stations in the country.
EMDS notes with concern that instead of properly investigating information, as well as photo and video materials about election violations Constituency Election Commissions and the Central Election Commission (CEC) demonstrated inadequate reaction failing to carry out their obligations stipulated by law.
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