Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 January / 17 January / corr.Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ If the democratic conditions are not established, none of the candidates from the opposition taking part in the elections, will have a chance to win, Lala Shovket, one of the opposition leaders said to Trend.
The regular presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan, in the October of the current year. Several opposition parties have announced that they will take part in the elections with their own candidate.
Azadlig bloc including three oppositional parties announced that if minimal democratic conditions are not provided, the bloc will boycott the presidential elections. The bloc can participate in the elections any time, but in order to take part in the elections they demand that the election commission should be set up on an equal basis, and the freedom of assembly and speech is provided, Shovket, the co-founder of the Azadlig bloc said.
"We want to take part in the true elections, but not in a game or an imitation. If the minimal pre-election democratic conditions are provided, Azadlig bloc will take part in the elections. Otherwise, the next show will take place, and we do not want to play the role of the decoration in this performance," Shovket said.
Azadlig bloc wants the election process and election commissions -free from the influence of the authorities, and also the establishment of the freedom of assembly of the citizens stated in the Constitution, Shovket added. If journalists are arrested for what they say, then it impossible to talk about a democracy, she said.
Azadlig bloc wants all the opposition to have a common position, however can not protest against the individuals who decided to take part in the elections, Shovket said.
"Many can state that they will take part in the elections. However, everybody knows that there are only three or four real candidates for the presidency. They are indeed recognized by the people within the country and by the international organizations. If someone wants to take part in the elections with the absence of the democratic conditions, it is their own personal affairs. I unambiguously state that in this case none of the candidates have a chance to win, since it is not an election," the co-founder of the Azadlig bloc said.