Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS)

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Organisation Information

Chairman: Mr. Anar Mammadli

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Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) is a non-governmental organization working for holding free and fair elections, and development of civil society and democracy in Azerbaijan. EMDS was created on December 1, 2008, by the founders and members of the Election Monitoring Center (EMC), the registration of which had been annulled. It must be noted that on May 14, 2008, Khatai District Court of Baku City terminated registration of EMC on the basis of an illegal claim of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Parliamentary Engagement
Parliamentary Monitoring Activities: 


  • Monitoring of transparency and accountability of the Parliament and parliament members:    The EMDS held the monitoring of all meetings in fall and spring sessions of parliament in order to find out accountability of the parliament and the parliament members. The monitoring has been done by the journalists that collaborate with the EMDS and are accredited in the parliament. The object of the monitoring is to study activity of the parliament members, productivity of discussions, efforts of parliament members in representing and protecting interests of their voters.   During past 3 years EMDS has published 3 reports on the results of monitoring of parliament sessions.     
  • Survey of citizens and voters trust for the parliament members: The EMDS has conducted surveys among 3000 citizens to find out their attitude to the activities of the Parliament and to the parliament members who represent their interests. The surveys covered different election districts (there are 125 election districts for 125 seats of parliament in the country).    
Number of Staff/Volunteers
Full Time Staff : 
Part Time staff : 

23 part time staff/interns


USAID, NED, NDI, British Government