Azerbaijani Authorities Not Worrying about Opposition Parties’ Boycotting Presidential Elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 August / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani authorities do not see any reason to worry about some opposition parties' boycotting the presidential elections.
"Neither Azerbaijan nor its citizens or the nation will lose nothing because of the boycotting," Ali Hasanov, the head of the Public & Political Department at Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration, said to journalists on 14 August.
The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October. Majority of the leading opposition parties boycott the elections. So far, 12 candidates have submitted their documents to the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to participate in the presidential elections.
According to Hasanov, people wanting to participate in the presidential elections have already joined the elections process. "If anybody pursues the policy bases on own ambitions, let them continue the policy. I am sure that the presidential elections do not lose anything from boycotting," Hasanov said.
The elections process has started and enough candidates have joined the elections, Hasanov said. "Favourable conditions have been created to enable fair and transparent elections. The Azerbaijani voters will be satisfied with the results of the elections. We are completely satisfied with the election campaign and believe that the international organizations are also satisfied.
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