Sergei Markov: excellent conditions created at Azerbaijan's presidential election
The director of the Institute of Political Studies Sergei Markov, who is engaged in observing Azerbaijan's early presidential election within the Russian delegation, shared his impressions with the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza.
First of all, he noted a significant number of people wishing to vote. "In general, everything is fine here, the CEC has coped with its work. There have been queues, it is noted by many observers, a lot of people want to cast their votes, so I think the final turnout will be quite high," the political scientist said.
"The voter are in good mood, it is clear that people have come to fulfill their civic duty. There is an idea that when citizens vote, they advocate for their Motherland," Sergei Markov noted.
In addition, the director of the Institute of Political Studies highly appreciated the level of organization of international observers' work. "Excellent conditions have been created, everyone's happy. Among other things, Azerbaijani hospitality is manifested, so we take positive note of the election," he concluded.
Eight candidates were registered at the presidential election. Six candidates of them were nominated from political parties - Ilham Aliyev from the New Azerbaijan Party, Gudrat Hasanguliyev from the Whole Azerbaijani Popular Front Party, Araz Alizade from the Social Democratic Party of Azerbaijan, Faraj Guliyev from the National Revival Movement Party, Razi Nurullayev from the Frontists Initiative Group, Hafiz Hajiyev from the Modern Musavat Party, one was a self-nominee - Zahid Oruj - and one candidate was nominated from the Initiative Group - Sardar Mammadov from the Azerbaijan Democratic Party.