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The past presidential election in Azerbaijan was a well-staged show, Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan told journalists on Thursday.
"There was no election. So, there is nothing to talk about. And consequently, this will have no influence on either the Nagorno- Karabakh peace process or any other process in the region," the expert said.
Concerning the voters' lists, Iskandaryan believes that the Azeri authorities overstated the number of voters.
As regards the votes received by the candidates, the expert said that this time Ilham Aliyev was more generous and granted a couple of percent to each of his rivals. "There is no doubt though that all the figures are fabricated," Iskandaryan said.
According to the preliminary statistics, Ilham Aliyev polled 84.59% of the votes during the Oct 9 presidential election in Azerbaijan, with his key rival Camil Hasanli having received just 5.54%. The OSCE/ODIHR has already slated the election.