A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was in Baku on 22 and 23 January 2020 to assess the pre-electoral climate of the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, scheduled for 9 February, Report said citing the PACE election delegation.

The representatives of state institutions welcomed observation of the elections by the PACE delegation and stressed their political will to organize elections transparently, in a free and fair atmosphere.

The delegation recalls that an election and its observation do not concern polling day only, but are a process involving several stages, all of which need to be analyzed and evaluated to assess the entire electoral process. A 32-member delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will arrive in Azerbaijan before the early parliamentary elections to observe the vote.