Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K.Ramazanova / The discussions over reforming of the Azerbaijani election legislation may take place in the country without participation of international organizations, Sergey Kuznetsov, the Council of Europe Venice Commission's representative, said.
A round table dedicated to reforming of the Election Code began in Baku on 7 November. It was organized by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (CE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). The round table involved the representatives of Azerbaijani Government, the governing and opposition parties, as well as the representatives of OSCE, CE and IFES. The key issue for discussion is re-formation of election committees.
"Different Azerbaijani forces, the representatives of Azerbaijani Government, opposition parties and NGOs may hold round tables over appeal procedures and format of election commissions that the issues to be discussed in Azerbaijani format," Kuznetsov said.
"The discussions that lasted three days to encourage the representatives of Azerbaijani Government, opposition parties and NGOs not to assemble within the international organizations' format," Kuznetsov said. "We hope it was the beginning of the process and it was developed in the future.
The round table was a good way for interested persons to express their proposals and ideas.
We hope that Azerbaijan will submit the project to us by the end of November, Kuznetsov said. The document concerning the results of the round table will be developed in the near future.