Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr E. Huseynli / Normal elections may be held in Azerbaijan using the present Election Code.
"Democratic elections may be held without making amendments and supplements to the Election Code. The key issue is creation of conditions for democratic elections and the presence of will," the leader of the opposition Azerbaijani National Independence Party (ANIP) Etibar Mammadov said to journalists on 23 November.
The presidential elections will take place in Azerbaijan on 15 October 2008. Several opposition parties, including Azadliq bloc uniting three opposition parties (the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, the Liberal Party, and the Citizens and Development Party), stated that should the election legislation not be improved and elections commissions are not formed on a parity basis they would boycott the elections.
No agreement was achieved at the discussions on amendments and supplements in the Azerbaijani Election Code which were organized with the assistance of the CE Venice Commission in Baku at the beginning of November.
Democratic elections are dependent on the resistance force of the society. As society does not have enough of a resistance force, the authorities do not take into consideration the demands of the opposition regarding making changes to the Election Code, Mammadov said.
"The society should be organized and it should define its living requirements. People of culture should take an active part in this connection," Mammadov said.
According to Mammadov, due to weakness of resistance force of the society activities of opposition parties including those of ANIP are not satisfactory.
Write-wing ANIP, the first opposition party in Azerbaijan, was registered in 1992.