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Central Election Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan (CEC) conducted its session headed by Mr. Mazahir Panahov on November 23, 2005

23.11.2005

Central Election Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan (CEC) conducted its session headed by Mr. Mazahir Panahov on November 23, 2005.


Firstly, CEC Chairman put into discussion the issue on the compilation of protocols on general electoral results by CEC related to third call Elections to the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan conducted on November 6, 2005, on the check of election returns and sending the protocols of Constituency Election Commissions (Con.ECs) to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan together with the documents attached to them for the approval. CEC Chairman stated that pursuant to Article 171.2 of Election Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, CEC shall check Con.EC protocols together with the attached documents within at latest 20 days after the voting day and submit them to the Constitutional Court within 48 hours. Within the period determined by law since the voting day, 538 appeals entered to CEC and these appeals were considered pursuant to the requirements of "Instruction on the rules for the consideration of the appeals on suffrage violation entered election commissions” approved on the basis of the recommendations by Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. In general, election results on 460 precincts were considered invalid. CEC considered invalid elections on 4 constituencies. Consideration of electoral results invalid on some polling stations in 2 constituencies influenced electoral returns on these constituencies and the persons considered elected deputies were changed. Investigation of all appeals submitted to CEC and check of Con.EC protocols have already been ended and today it is possible to send the above-mentioned documents to the Constitutional Court.

Majority of CEC commissioners who made report later noted that Elections to the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan were conducted pursuant to law and electoral results were generally sufficient excluding some shortcomings. Commissioners stated that this opinon was also emphasized by many influential international observers.

CEC Chairman also shared the ideas of these commissioners that head of the state played exceptional role in the conduct of elections under normal conditions. Mr. President did his best for the conduct of Elections to the Milli Majlis inder transparent, democratic and legal conditions by his orders dated on May 11 and October 25, 2005, as well as by his steps of state importance. CEC Chairman stated about the assistance of many state bodies in this field. At the end of his speech, Mr. Panahov expressed his great thanks to Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More later, he also thanked representatives of mass media for lightening of elections and state bodies which helped in election process.

The issue included was put in vote. By being 11 persons for and 4 persons against, decision was adopted on the compilation of the protocol on general election results by CEC related to Elections to the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan conducted on November 6, 2005, check of electoral returns and submission of Con.EC protocols to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan together with the documents attached to them.

At the session, current issues were also considered.
At the CEC session, representatives of OSCE/ODIHR, the USA embassy, IFES (International Foundation for Election Systems), as well as representatives of domestic and foreign mass media also took part.