Azerbaijani opposition party thinks participation of internally displaced people in elections as necessary
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 16 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani opposition party applied to the Central Election Commission to ensure participation of internally displaced people in municipal elections.
"Non-participation of numerous refugees and internally displaced people having electoral vote in this process can negatively affect electoral activity," Azerbaijani Liberal-Democratic party told Trend on October 16.
Azerbaijani municipal elections are scheduled for December 23. About 15,682 members are expected to be elected for 1,718 municipalities.
Municipal elections were held twice in 1999 and 2004.
The Central Election Committee does not consider participation of these people at elections as possible given that the territories left by internally displaced people are under occupation and lack of local municipalities.
"But it should be noted that they are Azerbaijani citizens and have temporary registration," the message said.
Leadership of the party said that if they are deprived of opportunity to be elected and vote due to this electoral process, preservation of corresponding district constituencies would be illogical. "There is contradiction between the Central Election Committee's decision and the candidates from occupied territories elected at the last parliamentary elections to the Milli Majlis," the message said.
The party applied to the Central Election Committee to reconsider decision.
Liberal-Democratic party was established in 1999. Party chairman Zakir Mammadov died in 2000. Party split in 2001. Valekh Ibadov and Fuad Aliyev pretended for chairmanship in the party. Party headed by Fuad Aliyev was recognized as Liberal-Democratic party and was registered upon decision of the Supreme Court in 2004.
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