The OSCE, which is observing the elections, insists that campaign rhetoric is often "heated and negative," reflecting a "polarized political atmosphere" in Azerbaijan.
The report is not entirely critical, however. It praises a May presidential decree in which President Ilham Aliyev acknowledged "mistakes and deficiencies" in the sphere of elections.
Also today, six candidates of the opposition Azadliq (Freedom) bloc launched a hunger strike to "press democratization of the pre-election situation."
One of the hunger strikers, Aydin Quliyev, told RFE/RL that a total of 116 opposition candidates will join the protest action on rotation, each time six people for three days.