Voting commenced at 8:00 (GMT+4) for the presidential election in Azerbaijan, with seven candidates vying for the position, among them the incumbent President Ilham Aliyev.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) Secretariat’s Information Center is tasked with providing updates on the voting progress and results.
Of the seven candidates, five represent political parties while two are running independently. Candidate registrations closed on January 9 for this significant electoral event in the Central Asian nation. Notably, President Ilham Aliyev, representing the New Azerbaijan Party, is seeking reelection.
The other candidates include independent contenders Zahid Oruj and Fuad Aliyev, Fazil Mustafa from the Great Order Party, Razi Nurullayev from the National Front Party, Elshad Musayev from the Great Azerbaijan Party, and Gudrat Gasanguliyev from the Whole Azerbaijan Popular Front Party.
Azerbaijan has 6,478,623 registered voters who will cast their ballots across 6,537 polling stations nationwide. A total of 90,372 observers, including 790 from 72 international organizations representing 89 nations, will monitor the election process. This election marks the first time that voting will take place across the entire country, including areas liberated from Armenian occupation in 2020, with 26 polling stations established in these territories.
Furthermore, 49 polling stations have been set up in the embassies and consulates of 37 nations for Azerbaijani citizens residing abroad. Special measures have been implemented to assist individuals listed on the voter roll who are unable to attend polling stations.