CEC: Some forces disseminate disinformation to overshadow transparency of voting in Azerbaijan
- 11 April 2018
The presidential election in Azerbaijan is taking place in line with the requirements of law, the country’s Central Election Commission said in a statement on April 11.
According to the statement, the Central Election Commission has not received any official information as to a violation of the law during the election period as well as on voting day.
"However, some circles that seek to overshadow the democratization and transparency of the voting through social networks (Meydan TV and a few subjects disseminating the information it has released) are spreading disinformation. Some examples include reports in reference to observer Ali Zeynalov that ballot boxes in polling stations No 5, 6 and 7 of Yasamal Constituencies No. 17 do not meet standards, some CEC members are receiving orders from higher authorities, wholesale ballot papers have been dropped in ballot boxes, etc. In fact, however, this person has not observed the voting in any of those polling stations or in the constituency as a whole,” said the statement.
The CEC noted that internet resources and social networking profiles disseminating such false information aim to overshadow free, democratic and fair presidential election in Azerbaijan and mislead international and local observers.
“It is impossible to take seriously such disinformation while there are more than 60,000 local and international observers acting without any hindrance and 1000 webcams providing the possibility of direct online monitoring,” the statement said.
The CEC emphasized that it will take necessary steps to implement all necessary measures to protect the rights of voters in Azerbaijan, to prevent possible violations and eliminate their consequences.