Azerbaijan: PACE to observe the early Presidential election

A 33-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Viorel Riceard Badea (Romania, EPP/CD), will observe the early Presidential election in Azerbaijan on 11 April, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation is due to meet candidates or their representatives, political party leaders and the Chair of the Central Election Commission, as well as holding round tables with representatives of civil society and the media, before observing the voting on 11 April.

A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.

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The observers will present their preliminary conclusions at a joint press conference on Thursday 12 April in Baku (Holiday Inn Hotel), time to be confirmed.