There’s not really a whole lot to say about election day in Azerbaijan. It happened on the 23rd, last Wednesday. Mostly, what happens is that all the schools and various places of business close for the day, and then some people vote. And they show President Əliyev with his family going to vote. This time around, the elections were for local municipality government positions. No presidential or parliamentary elections. That means voting percentage is low. This year, it’s estimated that about 28% of people nation-wide voted in the elections. Sounds like a standard April election in America, no?
Interestingly, these elections might hold even less importance than our April election cycle in America. While the people we’re voting for are the one’s who will take office and be responsible for their position, it doesn’t seem to be the case here. Instead, there are actually two municipality governments, one elected by the people and one appointed by the president. You might be able to fairly guess which one has more power. And because of that, you can probably also guess who says “yea” or “nay” on almost everything in a given district. Maybe one day our ideals of representative government will reach Azerbaijan. I think we can confidently say that those days are not yet here.