Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan: 2020 Early Parliamentary Elections
On February 9, the Republic of Azerbaijan will hold early elections to replace the Parliament dissolved by President Ilham Aliyev on December 5.
The outgoing Parliament is composed primarily of pro-government deputies, representing the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) or who are officially independent members who support NAP. Several opposition parties and movements have indicated that they plan to boycott these elections, although up to 19 parties are expected to field candidates. Several upstart parties and civic unions are forming election coalitions together with independent candidates. Economic, judicial and social reforms rank high on the list of campaign priorities and as topics of pre-election debate.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan: 2020 Early Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- Why are elections being called? What is at stake in these elections?
- Are there provisions for internally displaced persons?
- What are the rules governing the media?
- How will the results be calculated and when will they be announced?