New Delhi: The 5th Azerbaijan Parliamentary Elections recently conducted under the supervision of Mr. Mezahir Panahov, Chairman Azerbaijan Central Election Commission were free, fair & democratic stated Indian leader Vijay Jolly after a hectic visit to Azerbaijan as International Poll Observer.
The Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) Party led by President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Artur Rasizade won 70 seats in the 125 seats single – chamber of parliament. The turnout was 55.7%. Out of 4.68 million registered voters more than 2.89 million voters participated. The rest of the seats were won by Civic Solidarity Party, Azerbaijan Social Prosperity Party, Civic Unity Party, Democratic Enlightenment Party, Great Order Party, Motherland Party, Nat’l Revival Movement Party, Party for Democratic Reforms, Social Democratic Party, Unity Party & Azerbaijan Popular Front Party. While Independents won 43 parliamentary seats.
The ICAPP (International Conference of Asian Political Parties) Observers were led by Chairman Jose de Venecia (Ex. Philippines Speaker), Co-Chairman Chung Eui-yong (South Korea), Pakistan Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed (Special Rapporteur ICAPP), Abdul Matin Khasru (Bangladesh Awami League & Former Law Minister), Tekreth Samrach (Cambodia Secretary of State) & Vijay Jolly (Ex. BJP MLA, Advisor GOPIO Int’l & President Delhi Study Group).
The ICAPP delegates monitored the process of voting and ballot counting in several polling stations. The overall election environment appeared to be peaceful and orderly. It did not find any adverse incident affecting the democratic process of elections. The ICAPP noted with particular interest a new on-line webcam monitoring system at the polling stations which enabled the whole process as more transparent.
Indian leader Vijay Jolly visited the Indian Embassy located in Narimanov District in Baku. He had a one hour long meeting with the Indian Ambassador Sanjay Rana who extensively briefed on the current political and business opportunities in Azerbaijan. Mr. Jolly also met Dr. (Mrs.) Suchita Seth, Editor of Namaste Baku only Hindi Magazine, a courtesy call by Azerbaijan citizen & Hindi language Lecturer Ms. Saida Mirzayeva and a meeting with famous local actress & Zee Cinema, India best dancer award winner Ms. Rasulova Oksana.
The other prominent delegates were Advisor Latvia Girts Fakobsons, Pak Senators namely Mrs. Nuzhat Sadiq, Mrs. Samina Abid, Lt. Gen. S.S. Tirmizi, Farhatullah Babar & Kabir Ahmed, Dy. Speaker Serbia Igor Becic, Ukraine Indian Leader Suresh Chandra Prasad Singh, Sec. Gen. Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Prof. Dr. Asaf Hajiyev, Bulgaria MP Petar Kanev & Romanian Senator Marian Vasilive. Vice Chairman Youth Union Ali Panahov with Coordinator Umid Abuzarli & youth activists took adequate care of all the guests.
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