Venice Commission Sends Election Expert to Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 2 October 2008 16:10 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 October /Тrend News corr. R.Novruzov/ The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (CE) sent an expert to Azerbaijan to improve the activities of country's Central Election Commission (CEC) during upcoming presidential elections.

Expert Masters Owen is now working with CEC in Baku, representative of the Venice Commission Secretariat Sergey Kuznetsov said to Trend in a telephone conversation from Strasburg.

Venice Commission Secretary Gianni Buquicchio had addressed to the chairman of the Azerbaijani CEC urging to assist the expert.

The presidential elections in Azerbaijan will be held on 15 October. Seven candidates will take part in the elections, including Ilham Aliyev, chairman of ruling New Azerbaijan Party; Igbal Agazade, chairman of opposition Umid (Hope) Party; Fazil Gazanfaroglu, chairman of Great Establishment Party; Gudrat Hasanguliyev, chairman of Unified Popular Front Party; Hafiz Hajiyev, chairman of Muasir Musavat Party; Fuad Aliyev, chairman of Liberal Democrat Party and independent candidate Gulamhuseyn Alibayli.The election campaign started on 17 September to last 28 days.

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