IN THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN - 2013
REPORT BY CENTRAL ELECTION
COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC
(Up to September 1, 2013) Unofficial translation
Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan were appointed to October 9, 2013 by the CEC decision # 8/64 dated August 2, 2013. After the appointment of elections, "Calendar Plan for basic activities and measures on the preparation and conduct of Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was approved by another decision of CEC.
Considering that 2013 is the year of conducting Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan, CEC has prepared and carried out many projects since the end of 2012.
The Central Election Commission has updated the voters’ lists annually in comply with the Election Code starting from January till the end of May. Members of the Precinct Election Commissions have updated the voters’ lists of their precincts by walking "door-to-door” during that period. Afterwards, the information has been transmitted to the Constituency Election Commissions and then to the CEC. CEC has checked possible repetitions and inaccurateness of names through special software by collecting database entered by voters for analyzing the quality and capacity of the information and submitted the specified version of voters’ lists to the Con.ECs.
A copy of the latest version of the voters’ lists updated during that period was retained at Constituency Election Commissions and another copy at the Central Election Commission, as well as, the updated last version was posted on the CEC website.
The voters’ lists have been displayed for voters’ familiarization on the walls of the precincts and also posted on the CEC website since the beginning of 2005. Every voter may check his/her entry in the voters’ lists through direct transition or relevant search system and specify his/her data (name, surname, patronymic, date of birth, number of the precinct and constituency where to vote). Therewith, the necessary information on the address of the precinct where to vote, map of the above-mentioned area, transportation means moving in the route of this address is available on the website. Voters may call hot line # 115 regarding the elimination of the irregularities in their data or may appeal to the Central Election Commission by filling out the relevant online application form. This information is reviewed and made necessary specifications. Voters may also apply to the relevant Con.EC to check their entries in the voters’ lists.
241 calls have been received by the hotline # 115 related to the voters’ lists up to September 1, 2013, the appeals were replied and necessary measures were taken operatively by the CEC. In the case when the voters could not find their data in the voters’ lists, they filled out online application form and sent their appeals to the Commission through e-mails of structural departments and relevant activities were implemented upon the determination of the appeals with local election commissions. It’s worthy to note that CEC has received 3701 online applications since May up to September 1, 2013 and necessary measures were taken on all the appeals immediately. The submitted appeals concerned checking of voters’ entries in the voters’ lists, amendments in necessary cases, legal issues and procedures.
Questions of the citizens who applied to hot lines regarding other election-related inquiries were replied thoroughly.
The update of voters’ lists is carried out daily under the cooperation with the relevant bodies (local Registration and ID cards Department, State Registration Department of Citizenship Acts and other organizations dealing with the citizens’ register) not only in election year and within the limited period, but annually and relevant information on the action dynamics of voters is also considered in the lists after being delivered to Con.ECs operatively.
CEC has implemented educational monitoring activities since October 8, 2012 for reviewing the working conditions, financial and technical supply of all the Con.ECs. Monitoring groups consisting of the members of the Central Election Commission and Secretariat officials reviewed the activity of 125 Con.ECs nearly for a month. All the relevant issues on the clerical works of the Constituency Election Commissions and working conditions of the buildings were reviewed. The results of the monitoring was analyzed thoroughly and necessary measures were taken by CEC. Let’s note that educational monitoring activities are implemented regularly, results are analyzed and necessary projects are carried out annually at lower election commissions.
The alike educational monitoring process was conducted in May of 2013 and the state of implementing previous recommendations, as well as, certain buildings offered to locate polling stations were reviewed.
Awareness-raising of different election actors has always been one of the priority issues for CEC. Many projects have been carried out in this field before starting the Presidential Elections to be held on October 9, 2013.
CEC approved "Calendar Plan for basic activities and measures on the preparation and conduct of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan” on the day of elections appointment. The Calendar Plan which covers all the basic activities for the preparation and conduct of Presidential elections was published in Azerbaijan and English, meanwhile, it was posted on the CEC official website for free access of all election actors.
Regional seminars on "Participation of the police in elections” aiming at awareness raising on the role of the police in the election process were conducted in Baku and regions by the Central Election Commission jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs on July 13, 15, 17 and 20, 2013 in the frame of the educational program for election actors in Presidential elections. CEC members and Secretariat officials made reports on the role and duties of the police in elections at the seminars. CEC also prepared and published "Guide for the participation of the police in Presidential Elections”. The text of the guide was prepared jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This booklet contains detailed information on the duties of police in the process of conveyance and preservation of official election documents and duties undertaken by them for fulfilling their responsibilities on the voting day.
The organization of courses for the members of election commissions has already turned tradition for the preparation and conduct of elections pursuant to legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Orders of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "Approval of National Activity Plan on protection of human rights in the Republic of Azerbaijan” dated December 28, 2006 and "Approval on National Activity Program to Raise Effectiveness for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms in the Republic of Azerbaijan” dated December 27, 2011 recommended CEC to conduct professional courses on election right for the members of election commissions and to implement educational activities for the conduct of elections. The orders refer to the conduct of free and fair elections, as well as, to political will in the protection of human rights and freedoms in the election process. CEC prepared a project aimed at the conduct of professional courses on election right for improving legal knowledge and professional skills of the members of lower election commissions to implement the recommendations implied by the order. The foregoing project consisted of 2 phases and covered approximately more than 6000 election officials. In the first stage of the project, CEC has conducted training courses for the Con.EC chairpersons for a week on 29 July – 4 August 2013. In the frame of the training program, the course participants in 4 groups visited some Con.ECs located in Baku city, exchanged their practice with these election commissions and familiarized themselves with their activity and working conditions.
The officials of the Presidential Administration, Milli Majlis, Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Baku Appeal Court, members of the Central Election Commission and CEC Secretariat made speech on various issues and held practical workshops during the courses. The training program included issues on constitutional basis of election right, legal framework for the participation of political parties and political party blocs in elections, international election standards, election practice of other countries, transparency institutions and the role of mass media in election process, characteristics of domestic and international observation, role of the institutions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Justice, legislative acts and types of liability for offending election right, consideration of the appeals on the violation of citizens’ election rights, judicial protection of election rights, practice in judicial protection of election right at the European Court of Human Rights, rules and terms for the compile, update and submission of voters’ lists, roles of Constituency and Precinct Election Commissions in the process of determining results of the Presidential elections, rules for the conduct of clerical works at Constituency Election Commissions and during the training, elections conducted in previous years and the "learned subjects” were reviewed. The participants addressed to speakers and got necessary information. The head of OSCE Baku office also took part at the courses.
The second stage of the project was carried out on 5-7 August, 2013. The number of the attendants changed between 40 and 60 at the courses lasting for three days, and this allowed the representatives of lower election commissions to take active part during the seminars and get necessary information. Representatives of the Central Election Commission, chairpersons of Constituency Election Commissions, incumbents of local executive authorities of regions, courts, prosecutor’s offices and police departments made presentations on the same subjects at the training program aimed at developing professional skills of the members of Precinct Election Commissions. In general, professional courses on election right embodied more than 6000 election officials and the members of lower election commissions obtained detailed information on the election process. The courses attended by the invited representatives of international (foreign) organizations was broadcasted and publicized by mass media.
One of the projects implemented together with international organizations are informational sessions conducted jointly with OSCE Baku office. Informational sessions on "Non-interference in election process” organized by the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Central Election Commission and OSCE Baku office were conducted for the heads of the executive authorities and chairpersons of Constituency Election Commissions of Baku and surrounding regions at "Four seasons” hotel in Baku on 23 August, 2013. The alike sessions were conducted for the heads of executive authorities and Con.EC chairpersons of the relevant regions in Mingachevir on August 27 and in Shirvan on August 31, 2013. The goal of the activity was to exchange views with the participants on the cases possible to be assumed as interference in the election process and the ways of their elimination, relevant election practice of foreign countries. A lot of issues were clarified and prevention of undue interference in the election process was thoroughly discussed during the sessions. The representatives of the embassies and consular offices of foreign countries to the Republic of Azerbaijan and international organizations were invited to the informational sessions and all the sessions were publicized via mass media.
CEC works on and plans the implementation of a project in recent days that is one of the important election-related projects carried out since 2002, which aims at implementing the training program for Constituency and Precinct Election Commissions by using visual aids in the Presidential Elections of 2013.
Awareness-raising of voters has always been focused by the Central Election Commission. Considering that 2013 is the year of conducting elections, CEC has intensified further its activity in this field and prepared many projects. CEC conducted an intensive campaign for the voters to check their entries in the voters’ lists and cooperated with mass media closely in this field. Thousands of posters in 34 titles aimed at awareness raising and calling to elections – "Check your name in the voters’ list”, "Don’t forget to check your name in voters’ list”, "Hotline - 115 of the Central Elections Commission”, "Voters’ lists on the website” related with the update of voters’ lists have been prepared and displayed in densely populated areas (business and entertainment centers, bus stops and other public places). Furthermore, different video clips on these issues are broadcasted via the TV channels functioning in the country.
Members of the Central Election Commission and Secretariat officials made speech on different election-related issues since August in TV channels broadcasted in the country. Articles and interviews by the CEC representatives are included the projects aimed at raising election-related awareness of voters. 24 interviews of the CEC Chairman, as well as, 36 interviews and 3 articles of the Commission members and responsible officials of Secretariat were publicized in mass media up to September. Furthermore, 2 educational video clips on the voters’ lists prepared by CEC are broadcasted regularly via the TV channels. These video clips deal with the topics "Don’t forget to check your name in voters’ list” and "Voters’ lists on the website”. And relevant project is under preparation relating to the presentation of the video clip on "voting procedure” for voters. One of the steps put for awareness-raising of voters is locating "Guide for the voting rules” on the reverse side of the notifications to be delivered to every voter in comply with the Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which allows voters to obtain information on the procedures to be complied with by them.
CEC prepared and distributed "Election Day Guide” with detailed information in Azerbaijani and English on the procedures of the Presidential Elections Day – preparation and opening of the polling station, roles and duties of the members of Precinct Election Commissions and persons with observer status, activities and exceptional cases during the voting hours, classification of ballot papers, vote count and filling out the official protocol on the voting results and other issues for educating all other election actors including lower election commission members. "Election Day Guide” was submitted to Con.ECs, political parties and other applied organizations for delivering to observers and other participants.
"Guide for Observers” was published for awareness-raising of observers during the Presidential Elections. The guidebook contains principles of observation, as well as, rights and duties of observers. The booklet informed observers on the principles to comply with and prohibited by law. The guidebook was published in Azerbaijani, English and Russian on the basis of the Election Code and normative acts approved by CEC. These booklets are considered to be delivered to domestic and international observers.
Considering that 2013 is the year of conducting elections, CEC has intensified further its relations with mass media. CEC activity has been fully open to mass media and the country publicity has been informed regularly on the activity of the Commission during the whole year. Mass media representatives are invited to the CEC activities and are provided with necessary information regularly. CEC conducted press conferences and briefings up to September for awareness-raising of the country publicity on the preparation and conduct of the elections, regular interviews were arranged, press releases and articles were published in electron media functioning within the republic.
1156 articles on the sessions and activities arranged by the Commission, education and awareness-raising of the publicity had been published since January up to September, 2013. Decisions and other documents approved by CEC were published in press. Generally, the activities implemented during August were publicized by 37 agencies, 31 newspapers, 18 TV and 7 radios - 12 of which were foreign mass media.
Educational program started in mass media after the announcement of elections and CEC members and responsible officials of Secretariat made 50 speeches in the framework of the program in August. All matters related Presidential elections were included in the program and the participants replied to the questions addressed to them by the publicity within the framework of the program.
Educational and informational interviews are provided in news coverage for 2-3 times in a week under the cooperation with TV channels. Briefings of the CEC Chairman have already turned tradition during elections. CEC Chairman held 6 election-related briefings for local and international mass media in August, therewith, 24 statements, 12 reports on official trips to foreign countries and visits of foreign delegations were published in press. Furthermore, the statements and articles of other CEC members were also issued in press. Con.EC chairpersons participated in the educational program and provided mass media with interviews on different matters.
Since the announcement of the Presidential elections, "Khalg sechir” ("People elects”) program has been broadcasted on Public TV and CEC members and responsible officials of CEC Secretariat take part at this program. The program covers different issues on the Presidential elections – general requirements for the implementation of the rights to elect and to be elected, role of election commissions in this process and importance of awareness-raising of election actors, requirements for candidates, rules for the nomination and registration of candidates, undertaking commitments before election commissions, characteristics of stating candidates’ properties and incomes, requirements for the establishment of political party blocs, rules, basis and terms for the participation of political parties and blocs of political parties in the Presidential elections, rules and terms for opening specific election accounts, formation of election funds and so on.
CEC takes all necessary steps for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections and intends to inform the publicity on election process regularly. CEC conducted 7 sessions and adopted 63 decisions at these sessions during the initial seven months of 2013. 15 sessions were conducted and 68 decisions were adopted after the declaration of the elections in August. The decisions adopted within that period embodied the issues on the approval of the Calendar Plan for the basic activities and measures on the conduct and preparation of the Presidential Elections, establishment of the Expert Group under CEC for investigating complaints against the actions (inactions) and decisions violating citizens’ election rights in the Presidential Elections of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as, approval of the text, format, number and preparation rules of notifications to inform voters on the date and place of the voting, formation of the Working Group to check the accuracy of the information included in signature sheets and documents submitted by candidates, political parties, political party blocs, verification and registration of candidates, verification of the authorized representatives and authorized representatives on financial issues of political parties and political party blocs, approval of session minutes by the CEC and other issues.
As far as known, a perfect legal framework carries great importance in the conduct of democratic, fair and transparent elections. In the light of the amendments and appendices made to the Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan by Laws dated 20 April 2012 and 30 April 2013, CEC has started the preparation process of normative-legal framework on elections and has taken purposeful measures in this field since the second half of 2013. Firstly, many normative acts – instructions, comments and regulations were adopted and recently adopted normative acts were reviewed by considering the latest appendices and amendments made to the election legislation for ensuring the professional implementation of the provisions of election legislation and developing skills on election law. 49 normative-legal acts at the ready were published in 15 collections and distributed to more than 32 thousand members of election commissions. A new version of the Election Code with the latest amendments and appendices was prepared in Azerbaijani, English and Russian and published in large circulation in August and it was posted therewith, on the CEC official website.
After the announcement of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan to be held on October 9, 2013, the persons intending to participate in elections as observers from the political party or on their own initiatives applied to the Central Election Commission with relevant documents. 22 nominees have submitted the relevant documents required for the verification of their candidacies to the Central Election Commission and 21 candidacies were verified up to September 1, 2013. But in one case, the candidacy could not be verified due to the lack of legal grounds. Thus, the nominee included the information on his dual citizenship with Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan in the application of commitment signed by him. The letter addressed to the embassy of Russian Federation to Azerbaijan verified the fact of the above-mentioned person to be a citizen of Russian Federation. The nominee could not be verified due to the inconsistency of the fact with the requirement of not having dual citizenship as implied in Article 100 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, the authorized representative of the nominee was informed on the possibility of re-applying to the Central Election Commission for the nomination of the candidacy until 18.00 on 9 September in case of abandoning the citizenship of Russian Federation.
CEC prepared blank forms for the submission of the documents and posted them in the form of appendices to normative-legal acts on the website for making the candidates’ registration process smooth and fast. The verified nominees have collected signatures after being provided with signature sheets. 2 persons out of 21 nominees submitted signature sheets and other documents attached to them to CEC up to 1 September, 2013. Signature sheets and other attached documents submitted to the CEC by the authorized representatives of candidates for presidency and political parties were investigated by the Working Group experts specialized on different fields within the period defined by legislation and one candidacy was registered by the CEC decision up to 1 September.
After the submission of signature sheets and necessary attached documents to the Central Election Commission for the registration of candidates for presidency and conduct of the investigation in a manner and within the period defined by legislation, the issue on the registration or refusal from registering the candidacy is resolved by decision of the commission upon the consideration of the opinion of the Working Group under the Commission comprised of the specialists of Court Expertise Center of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Tax, State Service of Real Estate Register, Chamber of Accounting.
One of the important phases of the election process is a pre-election campaign. After the registration of candidates has ended, CEC took steps aimed at ensuring pre-election campaign for candidates on equal terms related with the start of pre-election campaign. Through press and posting on the website, the Central Election Commission addressed an appeal to mass media on the essence of complying with legislation on pre-election campaign in the Presidential elections and informed on the ban of publishing and broadcasting campaign materials which are or assumed to be in favor or against a certain candidate (registered candidate) in mass media.
The costs offered to candidates by 51 mass media (27 newspapers and magazines, 21 agencies, 3 TV and radio) which offered payable airtime for pre-election campaign and reported on this to CEC up to 1 September, 2013 were submitted to the Central Election Commission and the information was posted on the Commission’s website for the candidates’ familiarization. Relevant mass media will focus on ensuring equal facilities for all candidates. Meanwhile, more than 10000 boards – 2 within each election precinct were installed for campaign materials of candidates. Relevant measures have been taken for the allocation of open and closed venues in sufficient number by local executive authorities in comply with the Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan for meetings of candidates with voters in the residences in the country. These meetings comprise the important part of pre-election campaign. Having informed the Con.EC, candidates will be allowed to use these places free of charge. In general, candidates have been provided with all necessary facilities to meet with voters and convey their election-related signals to them.
CEC plans to allocate free airtime for all registered candidates by state budget on Public TV and space of publication in "Azerbaijan”, "Khalg gazeti”, "Respublica” and "Bakinski rabochi” newspapers along with other facilities implied in legislation with the aim of providing more opportunities for the parties to convey their pre-election platforms to voters via TV and compete under fair circumstances. The rules for free airtime will be determined and controlled by CEC in comply with the legislation until the registration process of candidates ends.
Transparency of the process plays significant role in the conduct of free and fair elections. In total, 2033 domestic observers have been accredited for the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan up to 1 September, 2013.
451 persons from political parties, 690 observers from non-governmental organizations and 153 observers on their own initiatives out of 1296 domestic observers were accredited by CEC and conducted observation in the country. Another group of domestic observers were accredited by the relevant Con.EC to conduct observation within a certain constituency. The number of these observers reached 737, 427 persons from political parties and 310 persons on their own initiatives conducted observation.
29 international observers have been accredited by CEC so far and they represent 5 international (foreign) organizations. International observers are citizens of 3 foreign countries.
Domestic and international observers have been provided with relevant badges. Furthermore, "Guide for Observers” and "Election Day Guide” were prepared for observers and relevant measures were taken for providing international observers with the Election Code, informational discs on Azerbaijan, map of the country and other necessary materials in English.
CEC sessions are open to mass media representatives and observers. Mass media representatives, as well as, the representatives of foreign embassies and diplomatic consular offices to the republic, international organizations and diplomatic delegates are informed about and invited to every session in advance. The documents adopted by the Commission are published in "Azerbaijan” newspaper and posted after the sessions on the CEC website in Azerbaijani and English languages.
The mass media have been provided with all facilities to prepare materials for informing the publicity on the voting process periodically. CEC accredited 11 international representatives of 2 foreign mass media for publicizing the elections.
Practice of web-cameras applied in the election history of Azerbaijan since 2008 will also be carried out in these elections for watching the voting process live through internet outside of the election precincts. Apart from all other means for ensuring transparency in elections, the number of the polling stations with web cameras installed in previous elections is planned to be increased from 500 up to 1000 (approximately to 20 %). The issue will be reviewed and the list of the polling stations to install web cameras will be approved at the CEC session after ending technical preparations. Internet users are allowed to watch the voting process, vote counting and determination of results live and incessantly through the web-cameras by the access to the CEC website without any registration either in the country or abroad.
One of the main activity aspects of CEC is cooperation with international and foreign organizations. Different projects and meetings have been implemented in the frame of this cooperation. In the light of the upcoming elections, CEC has cooperated and conducted meetings regularly with OSCE Baku office, European Union delegation to Azerbaijan, as well as, foreign embassies and many other organizations. During the meetings CEC informed international organizations on the spheres and issues of priority and possibilities of partnership were discussed and views were exchanged.
Considering the interests of international (foreign) organizations, a lot of meetings have been held since the beginning of 2013. These include meetings of CEC Chairman with the delegation led by Peter Bateman, UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan on January 23, Richard Morningstar, the Unites States Ambassador to Azerbaijan on February 28, Fritz Neugebauer, First vice-speaker of National Council of Parliament of Austrian Republic on March 5, the delegation of Group of Speakers for Democracy of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe led by Ursula Gachek on April 11, Ambassador Koray Targay, head of OSCE Baku office on April 22, Roland Kobia, Head of the European Union delegation to Azerbaijan on April 30, Alper Coshkun, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan on May 20, Pedro Agramunt Font de Mora and Joseph Debono Grech, the PACE Monitoring Committee’s speakers on Azerbaijan on June 12, OSCE/ODIHR Needs Assessment Mission on June 19, Erling Shonsberg, Norwegian Ambassador to Azerbaijan on July 23 and members of OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission led by Tana de Zulueta on August 29. Views on the preparation for the Presidential Elections were exchanged and perspectives of cooperation in the fields of mutual interest were discussed at the meetings.
CEC has implemented necessary activities for equipping Con.ECs and PECs with regard to the preparation for the upcoming Presidential Elections. So, relevant steps are taken for providing lower election commissions with necessary printing materials, ballot boxes, bottles of invisible ink, ultraviolet lamps, batteries, voting booths, disposable security locks, special bags for protocols, handbags for transporting documents, and other office materials to use on the voting day. By equipping the Con.ECs and PECs fully, the process of making them ready to the Election Day continues.
CEC has used stencils in Braille alphabet with the information included in the ballot paper for fully or partly visually impaired people since 2003 and the eye-disabled citizens having suffrage can vote independently for any candidate by means of these stencils. Another new practice besides this application – mobile ramps will be used in the Presidential Elections of 2013 for free access to the polling station and vote of the handicapped voters. After the investigations held in the country, mobile ramps were installed in 1113 polling stations settled by the handicapped voters. The ramps will also allow free access of the people moving by wheelchair to the polling station. Generally, voters unable to come to the polling station due to health reasons have been facilitated to vote by mobile ballot boxes on the Election Day in elections of the Republic of Azerbaijan pursuant to the Election Code. The use of ramps will provide them to integrate into society and vote independently by free access to the polling station like other voters.
State Automated Information System plays an important role in ensuring transparency of the process on Election Day. To ensure transparency in the Presidential Elections of 2013, technical supply and software of the above-mentioned informational network has been updated, strengthened and relevant database has been re-formed for easy and secure network access, publicizing different election-related information by lower election commissions and update of the voters’ lists. Meanwhile, the software has been improved for providing operative implementation and publication of voters’ lists and conducting specifications in the voters’ lists. A new optic network was established between CEC and Con.ECs for operative and easy information exchange with lower election commissions. A training project is scheduled for the computer specialists of Constituency Election Commissions to be held for a week in September for the specialists to get necessary skills and knowledge with the aim of using the established networks and relevant software accurately.
The website of the Central Election Commission in new design is under construction and scheduled to be available in recent days. All election-related information has been posted on the CEC web-site (www.msk.gov.az, www.cec.gov.az, www.infocenter.gov.az). The Constitution and Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, all instructions, rules, comments and decisions adopted by CEC are available on the website in Azerbaijani and English languages. CEC decisions and information on the nomination and registration of candidates for presidency are also posted on the website in Azerbaijani and English languages immediately after the session. Furthermore, addresses of election constituencies and precincts, voters’ search system, information on previous elections, information on the verified candidates, structures, addresses and contact information of election commissions, addresses and maps of election precincts, voters’ lists, information on pre-election campaign, CEC press releases and other information interesting to publicity are posted on the website. The website of the Commission in social networks is also available for users and the information is also posted on the websites regularly.
Since January till September 2013, nearly 196743 users and after the elections appointment in August of 2013, 30274 users had access to the CEC website and obtained various information from the websites.