Northern representation of Election Monitoring Center boycotts monitoring on Election Day

Northern representation of Election Monitoring Center boycotts monitoring on Election Day
# 14 October 2008 14:55 (UTC +04:00)
Khachmaz. Fazil Gurbanov – APA. Representation of the Election Monitoring Center in the north said monitoring would not be conducted on Election Day. APA reports that coordinator of the Election Monitoring Center Saida Khanbabayeva and 11 more observers said the representation in Guba-Khachmaz region would not observe the elections on behalf of the center. They called on the representations in other regions to do the same.

Clarifying their act, Saida Khanbabayeva said the leadership of the Election Monitoring Center demanded them to have biased approach on the elections, banned contacts with mass media, demanded to keep secret the folders and documents prepared for observers.
“I have been coordinator of the Election Monitoring Center in the north for ten months. We were working normally when the Election Monitoring Center was registered. But later the court cancelled the registration of the Election Monitoring Center. Head of the center says in his interviews to mass media that they have no offices in the regions. Our office was opened six months ago. The leadership told us not to speak about the existence of this office anywhere. We wanted to work openly and transparently and have contacts with media like all NGOs. But the leadership of Election Monitoring Center banned us to contact mass media. We only delivered information to the central office through internet,” he said.

Khanbabayeva said the leadership of Election Monitoring Center told them to cover 60 percent of the polling stations in the region. She said that they were told to register the observers in the election constituencies and Central Election Commission as volunteer and independent observers.

“We were informed that name of Election Monitoring Center should not be declined in ConEcs and CEC. After registration, observers should be under the patronage of EMC. We were instructed that those observers would follow the elections in PECs and will function as primitive observer. After a little while, we were called that those persons would numerate ballots collaterally. Nothing should be said to observers for some time. I was surprised and I objected it in suitable time. We doubted that everything was carried out secretly. We expect EMC will function transparently several days before the voting. We were given task not to connect with mass media till election and on Election Day.

Moreover, many folders and documents covering directions of EMC and rules on coding of vote count in Azerbaijani and English have been sent to region. EMC leadership demands that observers should enter the polling stations with these folders. This step proved that our doubts were not groundless. We knew that EMC aimed to create confrontation on the Election Day. My friends and I are against such false action. We decided to boycott EMC on the Election Day. Not only me, but majority of observers from EMC are at the same opinion. I appeal to all observers from EMC to join us and not enter any polling stations on behalf of EMC. I announce that I do not represent any political party and I support free, just and democratic elections in the country. I will do my best for it”, she said.
EMC observer made same statement yesterday.

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