The mission’s deployment follows an official invitation from the Azerbaijani authorities.
The mission is led by Corien Jonker and consists of a core team of 10 experts based in Baku and 20 long-term observers to be deployed throughout the country from 15 March, the press release said.
In addition, ODIHR will request 280 short-term observers to monitor proceedings on election day. The experts and long-term observers are drawn from 19 countries.
The mission will assess the election for compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards and obligations for democratic elections, as well as with domestic legislation. Observers will follow the candidate registration process, campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant state bodies, implementation of the legal framework and the resolution of election disputes. As part of the observation, the mission will also monitor the media coverage of the campaign.
In the course of its observation, the mission will meet with representatives of relevant authorities and of political parties, as well as with representatives of civil society, the media and the international community.
On election day, observers will monitor the opening of polling stations, the voting, the counting of ballots and the tabulation of results. For election day, the mission will be joined by delegations from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Presidential election in Azerbaijan is to be held on April 11, 2018, according to an order signed on Feb. 5 by the country's President Ilham Aliyev.