Azerbaijan Commences Presidential Elections Voting

The Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Mazahir Panakhov, has officially announced the opening of polling stations for voting in the presidential elections.

A range of candidates is contending for the presidency, including the ruling New Azerbaijan Party’s nominee, Ilham Aliyev, along with self-nominated candidates Zahid Oruj and Fuad Aliyev. Additionally, Razi Nurullayev from the National Front Party, Fazil Mustafa from the Great Creation Party, Elshad Musayev from the Great Azerbaijan Party, and Gudrat Hasanguliyev from the United Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan are also in the race.

The Information Center of the CEC Secretariat will provide updates on the voting process and its outcomes at intervals of 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00, and 19:00.

A total of 6,478,623 individuals are listed on the voter roll, set to cast their votes across 6,537 polling stations nationwide. The elections will be observed by representatives from 190 international media organizations.

Polling stations have been outfitted with necessary amenities, including booths, campaign materials, voter lists, ballot boxes, registration books, and instructions related to the Electoral Code.

In a new initiative, electronic identification of citizens is being employed, marked by colorless ink on voters’ fingers to prevent duplicate voting. Moreover, approximately a thousand web cameras have been installed at polling stations to enable real-time monitoring of voting processes, accessible through the CEC website.

The previous presidential elections in Azerbaijan took place on April 11, 2018.


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