Democratic Elections Possible with Current Election Commissions– Azerbaijani Opposition Party’s Leader
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / Azerbaijani opposition party believes the democratic election is possible with the current composition of election commissions.
"The main is will. Having a will we can hold democratic elections with the present composition of election commissions," Ilyas Ismaylov, the chairman of the Azerbaijani Adalat opposition party, said to Trend news agency on 8 November.
The round table dedicated to the issue to improve the Election Code of Azerbaijan started in Baku on 7 November. The organizers of the round table were the Council of Europe Venice Commission and International Found on Election System (IFES). The representatives of the Azerbaijani Government, ruling and opposition parties, as well as representatives from the OSCE, Council of Europe and IFES attended at the conference.
The Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), Democratic Party, Liberal Party and Musavat Party do not attend at discussions demonstrating protest against the organizer of the discussions the International Foundation of Election System (IFES). The four parties state that only these four parties must attend at the discussions on behalf of the Azerbaijani opposition. According to Ismaylov, if changes to be made in the election commissions then only professional peoples should be involved in the commissions.
Adalat Party was founded in 1993. In 1996 the party united with Democratic Party of Azerbaijan. A group of MPs left DPA and restored their own party in 2000. Ilyas Ismaylov has been the chairman of the party from 2001. Ismaylov was a candidate for the presidential elections in Azerbaijan in 2003. Presently, Ismaylov is the MP in the Azerbaijani parliament.