Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 January / The Azerbaijani society opposes the boycotting of elections. "No opposition force can organize a total boycott," the chair of the Azerbaijani Democratic Party (ADP) Sardar Jalaloglu said to Trend.
The opposition Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, the Liberal Party, and the Citizens and Development Party which are united in the bloc Azadliq, intend to boycott the presidential elections until election committees are re-formed. Experts forecast more parties will join the boycott on the threshold of the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
According to Jalaloglu, only a total boycott will have an effect. "Experience has shown that boycotting is not efficient and is out-of-date. The boycott suggested by the bloc Azadliq is unlikely to be successful. Democratic elections can be enabled not only through re-forming of the election committees. The main thing is to have a real wish to hold democratic elections," he said.
At the beginning of 2007, the ADP gave up its radical political course and decided to take part in the presidential elections.
In case the election committees are not re-formed on a parity basis and the election environment does not change, in spring the bloc will flatly decide to boycott the elections, the co-chair of the bloc Azadliq Ali Alyev said to Trend. Thus, the opposition will be able to concentrate their attention on international organizations on elections in Azerbaijan and prove to society that the election process is not democratic.