Azerbaijani News Wires: Trend News Agency
November 5, 2005

 

“Opposition activists plan to organize incidents at front of election stations,” Nazim Isayev

05.11.2005
R.Abdullayev
Trend
“The opposition activists plan to organize incidents at front of election stations on the voting day,” Nazim Isayev, the deputy of the Public-Political Division of the President’s Apparat, stated, Trend reports referring to ANS TV. “The opposition gave instructions to their followers to gather at front of election stations, argue with members of committees, establish clashes and incidents, which will be presented as falsification of the election in the end,” he said. Isayev also reported that the opposition delivered 220 orange tents to the country and planned to install them in the crowded places of the city after the parliamentary elections. The events are planned from 8 to 10 November.


“Free _expression of people’s will in elections is vital to Azerbaijan’s future,” U.S. State Department

05.11.2005
R.Abdullayev
Trend

“The U.S. State Department underlines importance of full implementation of the 25 October 2005 presidential decree on urgent measures related to preparations and holding of the parliamentary elections,” Sean Mccormack, the Spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said. The free _expression of the will of the people through elections such as those scheduled for November 6 “is vital to Azerbaijan's future and to a strengthened U.S.-Azerbaijani relationship,” he noted. According to Mccormack the forthcoming elections provides the Azerbaijani authorities an opportunity to hold elections up to international standards. “The United States encourages the peaceful participation of all Azerbaijanis in the elections and urges full implementation of the 25 October 2005 presidential decree, including the points on freedom of assembly and noninterference of local authorities in the electoral process,” Mccormack stressed.


Results of exit-poll to be placed in Internet after 19:00pm [local time]

05.11.2005
S.Ilhamgizi
ÑSrend

The company Mitofsky International, Edison Media Research and CESSI Ltd» will hold an exit poll in all 125 constituency elections commission on the poll for the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan on 6 November. An Independent Press Center of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) of Azerbaijan told Trend immediately after the voting the respondents will answer some questions, which will define the leading candidate to MP. In case if the result of exit poll does not determine the winner, the names of two leaders with more number of votes will be cited. Besides, the results of the voting will be available in website www.exit-poll.net after 19:00pm [local time]. Around 150,000 voters will be interviewed during the exit poll. Three companies – the Association of Assistance to Civil Society in Azerbaijan (AVCIYA), the Center of Socio-economic forecasting Kavkaz and the Center of Social and Marketing Researches - will assist Mitofski International, Edison Media Research and CESSI Ltd in conduct of exit-poll. In this respect AVCIYA and Kavkaz will conduct training for their employees in the places, while the Center of Marketing Researches will hold control over the employees’ work and process of interviewing to make them in line with the highest standards. Mitofsky International, Edison Media Research and CESSI Ltd is a company with 67-year experience in conduct of exit poll in many world countries, in particular, the United States and Mexico.


Police properly instructed for preservation of public order in elections day

05.11.2005
E.Javadova
ÑSrend

“The police have been properly instructed with regard to preserve the public order on the elections day on 6 November,” Yashar Aliyev, the head of the Central Police Department, told Trend. “The police is fully ready to overcome any resistance and defend public order on the elections day. Police posts have been established near the precinct elections commissions. The work in this direction is complete,” Aliyev underlined. He also noted that the key objective of the intensified regime is to remove any provocation by some forces on the voting day.


Around 130 foreign journalists to cover parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan

05.11.2005
S.Agayeva
ÑSrend

Around 130 foreign journalists will cover the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, Tahir Tagizade, the head of the press and Information Policy Department of the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry, told Trend. The journalists have been accredited in the Foreign Ministry. They represent the world electron and published media. The most journalists have arrive din Azerbaijan, while the rest will be in the country prior to elections, he underlined. The Ministry is not involved in the preparations for the elections in the Azerbaijani embassies in foreign countries, as the parliamentary elections will be held only in the country, he underscored.


Sec-Gen of Reporters Without Borders addresses letter to Azeri President

05.11.2005
R.Abdullayev
ÑSrend

Robert Ménard, the Secreatry-General of Reporters Without Borders addresses letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev a letter to President Aliev on the eve of legislative elections asking him to guarantee guarantee the safety of the local and foreign journalists who will be covering the 6 November legislative elections, Trend reports. “Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the situation of press freedom in Azerbaijan two days before legislative elections that will be a crucial step for your country’s future,” Ménard notes in his letter. The Secretary General regretted that all of the international TV stations that have come to Azerbaijan to cover the elections have been banned from broadcasting live footage. The satellite dishes of the Russian television stations NTV and RTR have been seized. The Turkish news agency Ihlas, which came to cover the run-up to the elections, was asked by the Azeri authorities to leave the country three weeks ago. “We therefore ask you to take the necessary measures to establish a favourable climate for a free and transparent election and to guarantee the safety of all the journalists who are covering this crucial moment for your country’s future. We believe it is essential that the international community should have full access to news and information,” the letter underlines.


NGO’s hot line to function on voting day

05.11.2005
S.Ilhamgizi
Trend

The “Fore Free and Fair Elections’ Coordination Consultative Council under the support of the ‘Open Society’ Fund established a hot line to be function on the voting day, the Council told Trend. The 'hot line' is established to get information about violations and rendering of aid on the voting day. The NGO will also have press service, experts on elections, law-defenders, lawyers to function under the service. The council will carry out parallel counting of votes on the voting day.


“Azerbaijani & Ukrainian Presidents gave instructions to the both Foreign Ministries to hold preparations for Ukrainian President’s official visit to Azerbaijan,” Igor Kezima

05.11.2005
S.Agayeva
Trend

“The Azerbaijani and Ukrainian Presidents gave instructions to the both Foreign Minsitries to hold preparations for the official visit of Victor Ushenko, the Ukrainian President, to Azerbaijan,” Igor Kezima, the charge d’afair of Ukraine, told to Trend in an exclusive interview. He was commenting the telephone conversation of the Presidents. The diplomat intends to meet with Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, to discuss preparations for the forthcoming visit. The visit is planned to be paid in late November. It is necessary to unify the visit program and the agenda of the negotiations, as well as package of the bilateral documents to be signed during the visit.


“All election stations are ready for voting day,” Natig Mammadov

05.11.2005
S.Ilhamgizi
ÑSrend

“All election stations are provided with equipment and ready for voting day,” Natig Mammadov, the secretary of the Central Election Committee (CEC), told Trend. He noted that distribution of transparent ink cylinders and ultra-violet lamps, as well as training on their use by members of election stations completed. According to Mammadov, the activities of all election committees are under control. The Committee allocated stations all over the country for the members of the CEC, its apparatus and secretariat to follow the elections. The CEC also presented a report on activities to the President’s Apparat.