Issue on citizen registration, causing problem in Azerbaijani elections, must be solved: top Azerbaijani official
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 7 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Department believes the problem of citizen registration, required for all elections, must be solved.
"Registering citizens is a common problem in all elections in Azerbaijan. A voter must live at least 6 months in this or that area in order to be included in the electorates' list. It is impossible to create a permanent or temporary living database for citizens in Azerbaijan, which has 4.5 million electorates," said Shahin Aliyev, the Head of the Legislation and Legal Examination Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, while talking about the election right for training constituency chairmen.
Aliyev said that only one address can be written on a citizen's ID card. "But this does not mean that the citizen lives at this address. This problem must be solved. One of the possible way outs from this problem in future could be placing e-chips in ID cards when they are changed. These chips could include the relevant information," the head of the department said.
The head of the department said that municipal elections are very important for the country. "The municipal elections are more a complex process, which hold more responsibility than the presidential elections and referendums. All over the world municipalities are seen as the schools of the state establishment. Each politician begins his political activity in municipalities. I want the citizens to approach the municipal elections with this in mind," Aliyev said.
Aliyev said the number of candidates in the municipal elections is too large and this makes the process difficult. "And in this regard, the number of complaints is too large, as well. It is difficult to balance the number of complaints with the number for other elections. If anybody has a proposal to improve the process of examining complaints in the constituencies, he/she can apply to us," the head of the department said.
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