Russia's Most-Watched Channel Highlights Voting Process In Azerbaijan's Presidential Poll (VIDEO)

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 7. A report on the extraordinary presidential election taking place in Azerbaijan has been aired on the nationwide federal television channel First Channel, Trend reports.

According to the study, polling station activity is strong, with 20 percent of voters casting ballots in the first few hours, and this figure is likely to hit a record by the end of the day.

The large voter participation is highlighted as being primarily related to the liberation of Karabakh.

"It was at one of the polling stations in this region that the current leader of the country, Ilham Aliyev voted," the report says.

The head of the CIS observer mission, Sergei Lebedev, stated in an interview with Channel One that the members of the mission reported no violations during the voting in the election in the republic's regions.

From 08:00 (GMT+4), polling stations will be open for voters and close at 19:00. The Central Election Commission Secretariat's Information Center will share preliminary updates on the voting process and results at 19:00.

Candidates for the presidency in the upcoming elections include incumbent President Ilham Aliyev (New Azerbaijan Party), independent contenders Zahid Oruj and Fuad Aliyev, Razi Nurullayev (National Front Party), Fazil Mustafa (Great Order Party), Elshad Musayev (Great Azerbaijan Party), and Gudrat Gasanguliyev (Whole Azerbaijan Popular Front Party).

The voter roll boasts 6,478,623 people who will cast their votes across 6,537 polling stations throughout the country.

A total of 90,372 observers are registered to monitor the election, with 790 of them representing 72 international organizations from 89 countries.

For the first time in the history of independent Azerbaijan, the upcoming election will span across the entire country, including the lands liberated from Armenian occupation in 2020. In the liberated territories, 26 polling stations have been established.

For Azerbaijani citizens residing abroad, 49 polling stations have been established in the embassies and consulates of 37 countries. This allows over 23,000 expatriates to participate in the voting process from various corners of the globe.

A robust media presence of 190 international entities is dedicated to observing the election, with 216 of their representatives officially registered as international observers.

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