Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Centre (EMDS) is a non-partisan and independent non-governmental 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 carried out the long-term observation of the 1 November 2015 Parliamentary Elections with support of 45 long-term observers (LTOs) in 80 election constituencies and noted serious violations and the environment marred with lack of alternatives.
EMDS notes with regret that in the light of systematic violation of fundamental freedoms, ongoing crackdown on civil society, repressions against critical voices and composition of electoral commissions, the upcoming parliamentary elections cannot result in true and free expression of public will.
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