On October 22, a plenary session of the Constitutional Court of the Azerbaijan Republic tool place under the chairmanship of the court’s Chairman Farkhad Abdullayev to consider materials submitted by the Central Electoral Commission and officially announce the results of the October 15 presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
Present in the session were Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Mazahir Panakhov, his Deputy Svetlana Gasymova, Secretary Natig Mamadov, members of the commission and experts.
Addressing the session,
Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Mazahir said: the elections were
prepared and held, generally, in accordance with recommendations of the
international organizations and the Election Code meeting international
All necessary actions were taken in accordance with law and calendar plan, and that voter lists were posted on the website of the Central Electoral Commission. Every condition was created for 7 candidates to campaign freely. The elections were being monitored by nearly 50,000 local observers, 1250 observers representing 44 international organizations as well as by some 60 representatives of foreign mass media. In order to ensure more transparency in the elections, web cameras were installed in 500 polling stations to make them accessible through the internet.
There were no
violations of law in the polling stations on the voting day. There was much
enthusiasm in voters, with turnout of 75.12%. The process of votes counting was
also very transparent. The results were first transferred to constituency
commissions, then forwarded to the Central Electoral Commission and placed on
its internet site. They were processed and a final protocol was drawn up. No
reports on violations of law were submitted to the Central Electoral Commission
within three days after the voting. After that, the Commission gathered for a
meeting and unanimously approved the final protocol.
Foreign observers highly praised the election and described it as a move towards building of democratic society.
Experts attended the
meeting pointed out that the final Protocol of the Central Electoral Commission
had been compiled in full compliance with the Election Code.
After that Chairman of the Constitutional Court Farkhad Abdullayev read out a resolution on approval and official announcing of the results of the elections.
The resolution reads that “the results of the October 15, 2008 election of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic reflected in the Protocol of the Central Electoral Commission of the Azerbaijan Republic of October 19, 2008, shall be approved.
Candidate to the Presidency of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev shall be declared the President-elect of the Azerbaijan Republic.
The Resolution of the Constitutional Court is effective from the day it is adopted and cannot be canceled, amended or interpreted by any organ or official.”
Also present at the session were members of the Milli Majlis, Ambassadors of foreign embassies in Azerbaijan, representatives of international organizations, public and mass media.