BAKU: According to preliminary results, the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) won 69 seats in the Milli Majlis, or the National Assembly, the U.S. polling firm Arthur J Finkelstein & Associates Inc. announced. President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) has increased its share by four seats in the single-chamber legislature and only one opposition candidate has won a seat.
The exit poll conducted by the U.S.-based firm Arthur J. Finkelstein & Associates suggests YAP won a total of 69 seats in the 125-seat parliament. The YAP had 65 seats in the outgoing parliament, the Milli Majlis.
The exit poll also suggests that Azerbaijan’s nominally independent candidates, most of whom support the policies of the YAP, won 41 seats in the elections.
The parliamentary elections were held in Azerbaijan on Feb. 9. Some 1,314 candidates were registered within the early parliamentary elections. The candidacies of 246 people were nominated by 19 political parties, 1,057 were self-nominated, 11 – by initiative groups. Twenty-one percent accounted for female candidates, while 79 percent – male candidates.
Throughout the day, 5,573 permanent polling stations operated in 125 constituencies of the country. There were 5,329,461 registered voters. Some 883 international observers and 77,790 local observers monitored the voting process. Among the local observers, 35,152 were representatives of political parties. International observers represented 58 countries and 59 organizations.
Exit polls were conducted by AJF & Associates Inc. (US) jointly with Citizens’ Labor Rights Protection League, the Rey Monitoring Center, and the French OpinionWay Research Institute together with the ‘Human Rights in the XXI Century – Azerbaijan’ Foundation.
According to the exit poll, the only opposition candidate expected to make it into the next parliament is Erkin Gadirli of the Republican Alternative Civic Movement (REAL).