Azerbaijani Government, Venice Commission to Discuss Re-Improvement of Election Code

Politics Materials 4 December 2008 16:22 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 Dec /   Trend corr K. Zarbaliyeva / The Azerbaijani Government will launch the discussions with the Venice Commission of European Council on supplement and changes in the Election Code of Azerbaijan.

"Supplements and changes to the Election Code concerning municipal elections will be considered," Sefa Mirzayev, chairman of executive office of the Parliament, told Trend on 4 Dec.  

GianniBuquicchio, Secretary of the Venice Commission, in his exclusive interview to Trend on 1 Dec, voiced the commission's interest on the improvement of the Election Code. 

"The electoral legislation is good enough, but it can be improved further. Should the Azerbaijani government wish, the Venice Commission can view the Election Code again in future," Buquicchio said.  

The supplements and changes were made in the Election Code in early June, 2008 in the aftermath of the discussions between Azerbaijani government and the Venice Commission. However, these changes did not reflect the formation of the election commission taking into account the opposition's wishes.

Instead, some opposition parties of Azerbaijan boycotted the October 2008 presidential election.  

Some MPs and experts urge that there is need to introduce changes to the Elections Code in connection with municipal election, Mirzayev said.  

"These changes will concern nominees, campaign term and arrangement of polls," Mirzayev added.      

Municipal election in Azerbaijan will be held at the end of 2009. About 2,757 municipalities function in Azerbaijan and 2,400 of them are rural municipalities.

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