Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 7 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The results of the monitoring of election-related press content for July have been published in Azerbaijan, the head of the electoral headquarters of the Association for Civil Society Development in Azerbaijan (AVCIYA) Muharram Zulfugarli said on Wednesday at the presentation of the third edition of the election booklet and the results of pre-election observations made by the AVCIYA election headquarters in connection with the forthcoming elections in Azerbaijan.
According to Zulfugarli, monitoring was conducted with regard to four government, four opposition and four independent newspapers.
Zulfugarli noted that half the articles related to elections were dedicated to the electoral process, 19 per cent to the 'government-opposition' struggle and 31 per cent to the promotion of candidates.
"The monitoring established that in contrast to June, the number of publications related to elections has increased dramatically in July. This means, in general, 676 articles were published in 12 newspapers and 285 articles posted on their web pages," he added.
In July, 373 articles in the print media (50 per cent) were devoted to the electoral process, 120 (19 per cent) to the 'government-opposition' struggle and 183 (31 per cent) to the promotion of candidates or potential candidates.
Since May, the structure represented by Zulfugarli has been conducting observations of the electoral process in four phases. To date it has completed the first phase which was monitoring the pre-election environment. The report says 12 newspapers have been monitored and three booklets published.
It was noted during the event that the booklet is devoted to the decisions of the Central Election Commission in connection with the election and the necessary documents as well as the monitoring of election-related publications in newspapers in July conducted by AVCIYA jointly with the Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech.
"The seminars will be launched on August 10 for the AVCIYA observers. The presence of this group will be ensured in all regions and areas. The purpose of the seminars is to contribute to the holding of democratic elections, determine the election activity and identify violations," Zulfugarli said.
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