Azerbaijani Central Election Committee Protests against Indicating Addresses in Voter’s Lists in Polling Stations
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 May / corr. Trend I. Alizade/ The chairman of the Central Election Committee of Azerbaijan (CEC) has protested against indicating the addresses in the voters' list hung in the polling stations.
"The voters' lists hung in the polling stations do not indicate the address of the citizens in any country of the world. The insistence of international organizations in this regard concerning Azerbaijan is not clear," Mazahir Panahov, the CEC chairman said in the meeting of the Standing Parliament Commission on Judicial Policy and Statehood on 14 May.
The changes and additions have been made into the Election Code of Azerbaijan, as a result of the discussions between Azerbaijan and Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. According to changes, addresses of the citizens should be indicated in the voters' lists hung in the polling stations.
According to the previous Election Code, the voters' lists in the polling stations did not indicate the address of the citizens. Only members of the polling stations had this data.
The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on 15 October.
Rabiyat Aslanova, the chairman of the Standing Parliament Commission on Human Rights said in the meeting that indicating citizens' addresses in the voters' lists hung in the polling stations violates their rights. According to Aslanova, making the data about citizens' public contradicts the international law.
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