Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 25 / Trend, E. Mehdiyev /
Authorised representative of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, Ali Ahmadov sent a letter to the CEC about an illegal election campaign ad broadcasted by Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan, the ruling party said today.
"Radio Liberty of Azerbaijan, which is funded by a foreign country, is broadcasting election campaign ads in Azerbaijan, which is a violation of the Electoral Code," a statement said.
According to the report, this radio station has even created an "Elections 2013" section on its web page, which includes a "Know About the Candidates" sub-section.
Because of the content of its programs and the fact that it is disseminating information, it is running a campaign in favor of a particular candidate and violating legal requirements and the professional code of journalists.
According to the fourth paragraph of Article 74 of the Azerbaijani Electoral Code, the entities mentioned in the second paragraph of Article 90 of the Code reads that, foreign countries and foreign legal entities are prohibited from engaging in election campaigns and the proliferation of various promotional materials.
According to the website of Radio Liberty, this radio station is a non-profit organization funded by the U.S. Congress and holds non agitation obligations. Moreover, the web page says that Radio Liberty does not lobby specific political and legislative decisions. It does not support candidates who are elected or appointed to public positions. It does not hold campaigns against them.
Presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on October 9.
Previous presidential elections were held on October 15, 2008. The presidential elections in Azerbaijan are held every five years.
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