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OSCE long-term observation mission to consist of 43 persons

09 September 2005 [10:31] - TODAY.AZ
The head of the OSCE long-term observation mission which started its activity since September 5 for observing elections to Milli Majlis, German diplomat Geert Ahrens held a press-conference yesterday.
He informed that 11 members of the mission are in Baku at present, they are election experts, and it is expected that 33 more election observers will arrive in Azerbaijan till the elections. They represent 18 countries. The observers will be placed in 16 constituencies (two persons in each constituency). 500 more observers will arrive in Azerbaijan by means of OSCE for observing the process on the day of election.

According to the words of the ambassador Ahrens, the members of Milli Majlis in OSCE, CE and EU Parliamentary Assembly will also join the mission on the day of election.

He informed that special methods of OSCE will be used during observation; elections will be valued on the whole and conducting of elections in accordance with the commitments undertaken before OSCE will be controlled at that time: “We treat impartially all candidates, our mandate consists of observation and preparation of the report, we do not render any technical assistance to elections”.

Acquaintance with the work of CEC, covering of the election campaign in the mass media, admission of domestic observers to elections, ways of solution of disputes after elections are included in the mandate of the mission. The mission will prepare three intermediate reports till the elections. One of them will be in September, others in October. The initial report will be presented on the day of election and the final report will be presented several weeks later, the list of those who became the deputy will be included in the last report.

The ambassador Geert Ahrens said that OSCE has observed several elections in Azerbaijan till now, and recommendations from previous observation missions were not fully implemented in those elections.


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