Azerbaijani CEC to Strengthen Control over Election Projects

Politics Materials 7 July 2008 14:13 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 July / corr. Trend E.Babayev / The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) stated that enlightenment work, done by some international organizations and local Non Government Organizations (NGO) independently over the elections, is inadmissible. "No NGO or international organization is allowed to hold an enlightenment work in any country without the CEC's consent," Mazahir Panahov, the chairman of the CEC, said.

The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October. The Musavat Party nominated Isa Gambar, the Azerbaijani Democratic Party (ADP) - Sardar Jaliloglu and the Green Party - Mais Gulaliyev, the Azerbaijani Unified Popular Front Party - Gudrat Hasanguliyev, and Muasir Musavat - Hafiz Hajiyev. Eldar Namazov, the head of Social Forum of 'For Azerbaijan' will participate independently in the elections. The ruling New Azerbaijan Party, intends to nominate Ilham Aliyev, its chairman and the current Azerbaijani President. The pro-governmental Ana Veten and the Social Prosperity Parties decided to support Aliyev's candidature in the elections. Azadlig bloc, uniting three oppositional parties (the Popular Front, the Civil Development and the Liberal party), stated that they would boycott the elections.

Panahov said that if any organization wanted to carry out work connected with elections, it must inform the CEC about its intention. "I read from media that definite organizations have begun actions in this direction. No country in the world gives a right to international organizations to realize election activities without informing local organization in a foreign country. For example, if we want to visit another country and to do

such kind of work there, we will be definitely banned to. This work should be under control. We consider it a very serious issue. Our objective is not to ban conduct ot enlightenment work at all. Simply, this work should be under control. Any organization planning to hold such activities, must inform us about its intention," he said.

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