Chief of TURSAM Ahmad Shahidov spoke about presidential elections in OSCE Warsaw meeting – PHOTO / VIDEO

cixis1As previously reported, participated in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE, held in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, chief of TURSAM Centre for Strategic Studies Ahmad Shahidov gave speech on “Presidential elections in Azerbaijan: facts and realities” on the plenary session of OSCE on 30 September.

During his speech Ahmad Shahidov brought to the attention of participants of the meeting that in 1918 in Azerbaijan it was founded the first democratic republic in East and after regaining independence in 1991, the country fell into a difficult situation. Only after 1993, when National Leader Heydar Aliyev came to power again, the situation began to change, said Ahmad Shahidov. Noting that over the past 20 years, several elections, especially presidential elections held in Azerbaijan, chief of TURSAM Ahmad Shahidov demonstrated leaflets reflecting the results of the presidential elections in 2003 and 2008 years and told that New Azerbaijan Party`s candidate Ilham Aliyev showed the highest results in those elections.

Speaking about the presidential elections of 2013, Ahmad Shahidov informed about the pre-election situation and said that web cameras were installed on 1000 polling stations of total 5000, so the stations can be monitored from anywhere in the world via the internet in the upcoming elections.

In conclusion, chief of TURSAM informed participants about the reports announced by local and international election organizations, and said that incumbent President Ilham Aliyev is a favorite of this year`s elections and more than 3/4 part of citizens entitled to vote would vote for Ilham Aliyev.

The full text of Ahmad Shahidov`s speech was published on official site of OSCE –

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