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Azerbaijani Parliament Unwilling to Grant Vacancies at Elections Commissions to Parties, Says Vice-Speaker

Politics Materials 10 October 2008 11:01 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijani Parliament Unwilling to Grant Vacancies at Elections Commissions to Parties, Says Vice-Speaker

Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 October / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani Parliament will not examine the issue, which envisages granting vacancies at the elections commission to opposition parties in minority.

їThe minority opposition parties at the parliament should reach agreement on this matter amongst themselves,ї Ziyafat Asgarov, the first vice-speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, told Trend on 10 October.

In accordance with the Elections Code, the Azerbaijani elections commissions are formed by majorities of the parliament, as well as representatives of the minorities and neutralist MPs. Six members of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) are from minorities, six members ї minorities and six ї neutralist MPs.

The right-wing Musavat Party, which is presented at the parliament by four MPs, refused to send its representatives to vacancies of the elections commissions. Minorities of the parliament, including the Unified Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, the Great Establishment Party and the Citizens Solidarity Party, offer to send their representatives to the elections commission. The parties want to submit this issue to the Parliament for discussion.

Asgarov said that the Parliament would not interfere into this matter. Minorities of the parliament cannot reach agreement on sending representatives to the elections commission, he said.

їEvery party wants to send its representatives to commissions and it has emerged such a situation. It is not a serious problem for commission to have some vacancies and it cannot prevent the presidential elections.

The presidential elections will be held in Azerbaijan on 15 October.

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