Preparations for the November 12, 1995 Elections to the Milli Mejlis and Constitutional Referendum in the Republic of Azerbaijan: Initial Recommendations and Conclusions, Sept. 1995
The International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) sent a two-person team to Baku, Azerbaijan including Linda Edgeworth, a recognized election administration expert and Scott R. Lansell, IFES Program Officer for Europe and Asia, who conducted an analysis of the electoral administrative climate in Azerbaijan as the country prepared for November 12 Parliamentary elections and a Constitutional Referendum. IFES also examined the new Election Law, anticipated procedures for election day administration, and relevant political dynamics of the region as they pertained to the atmosphere of the electoral process.
During its brief assessment visit, IFES met with the Central Election Commission (CEC), various ministries and agencies of government, representatives from the Office of the President, State and independent media, political parties, and foreign and domestic non-governmental organizations. As a result of those meetings and based on a review of relevant laws related to the conduct of elections, the IFES team has drawn a number of preliminary conclusions regarding the political environment and the status of preparations for the November 12 elections and referendum in Azerbaijan. What follows is a brief overview of some of those preliminary findings. IFES also submitted a concept proposal for a technical assistance project which was designed to provide an effective communications linkage between official organs of state government, and political parties, candidates, and non-governmental organizations to overcome existing deficiencies which threaten to hamper equal and uniform application of law, and free access to a fair process.