“I can not forbid anyone to write what others have said. But one should also write what he sees,” said chairman of the Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov at the meeting, APA reports.
Panahov criticized the observation mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for the points in the reports on the Azerbaijani presidential elections. He said that though the observation mission has to write about its observations, the preliminary report emphasizes some moments that don’t reflect the reality: “The representatives of this organization have been invited to all of our events. Of course, I understand its reason. How can one demand the implementation of the provisions not reflected in the Electoral Code?”
Panahov said that at the meeting with the mission head, he will inform her about these remarks: “If you indeed want to cooperate with us, I can allocate a room for you to work. Sometimes they voiced such remarks that affect the prestige of the organization. Why are they wasting the taxpayers’ money? While reading the report I am surprised at its contents. I know that they will not change the report because they have been given certain instructions.”
The CEC chairman added that Azerbaijani citizens are educated and are able to observe: “Of course, there are shortcomings, too. Despite all this, we are going to cooperate with international organizations. To conduct observation is very difficult.”