OSCE/ODIHR responds to presidential candidate Razi Nurullayevâ€™s claims - UPDATED
- 05 April 2018
The election observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has responded to the claims of Azerbaijani presidential candidate Razi Nurullayev.
“The only observers that will be sent to polling stations by ODIHR to follow election day procedures on 11 April will be those international observers sent by OSCE participating States to take part in the ODIHR election observation mission,” the observation mission told APA.
The election observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is preparing a provocation during the April 11 presidential election in Azerbaijan, Razi Nurullayev, presidential candidate from the Frontists Initiative Group, told APA.
“The ODIHR observation mission is seeking to attract many people close to Ali Karimli in the upcoming presidential election as local observers with the purpose of reporting on alleged violations of law and falsification of the voting results on the election day,” the presidential candidate claims.
He noted that the ODIHR generally prepares biased reports on election results in some countries where it carries out an observation mission.
“In such cases, the organization refers to the views of members of its observation mission and some local observers intentionally selected and placed at polling stations. I would like to point out that local observers have been selected from the persons close to Ali Karimli, who considers me to be their main enemy. All this is not only a provocation against me as a candidate but also against the presidential election in Azerbaijan as a whole. I declare that we will not accept any biased reports and will work to expose their authors,” Nurullayev added.