Election observation delegations of PACE and the EP were invited by the Azeri authorities to observe Presidential election held on 9 October 2013. As the Heads of delegation, we would first of all like to congratulate the people of Azerbaijan on their peaceful campaign and Election Day.
- We did not come to Azerbaijan to give lessons or to measure the rate of democratic development in the country but rather to witness and encourage the transition process towards democracy that the country is experiencing.
- Overall around Election Day we have observed a free, fair and transparent electoral process.
- The will of the authorities of Azerbaijan to have a large presence of national and international observers for the 2013 presidential election is commendable.
- From what we have seen, electoral procedures on the eve and on Election Day have been carried out in a professional and peaceful way. We were pleased to see the sound technical preparations and the investment made by the Azeri authorities for this election.