On April 11, Azerbaijani citizens will head to the polls to vote in an early presidential election. Eight candidates will be contesting this election, including incumbent President Ilham Aliyev, who will be running for his fourth term in office.
Constitutional amendments confirmed in 2016 extended the presidential term from five to seven years and granted the president the right to call an early presidential election. The election had previously been scheduled for October 17, 2018, and was rescheduled per a presidential decree signed on February 5, 2018.
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: 2018 Early Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:
- Who are citizens voting for on Election Day?
- What is the election management body?
- How will voters with disabilities cast their ballots?
- Who can observe during Election Day?