Azerbaijan's governing party supports competition in municipal elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) supports competition in the municipal elections with serious rivals.
"I am confident that we will win this competition. This belief has been formed as a result of the repeated elections and a great experience and the resources at our disposal. However, I regret to note that participation opposition parties of Azerbaijan is not very interested in several elections, including - municipal," the NAP Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary, Ali Ahmadov said to the official website of the NAP on Oct. 29.
Azerbaijan will hold the municipal elections on Dec. 23. A total of 1,718 municipalities should elect 15,682 members.
Earlier, the municipal elections were held twice - in 1999 and 2004.
Ahmadov said the reasons for low interest of the opposition in elections are different. "I do not want to go into this question. But it would be very nice if the opposition parties joined the election campaign. In general, it is impossible to say anything about the political activities of parties not participating in the election campaign. Exactly, I have to note that the party not joining the campaign deprive themselves of any argument to justify its existence," said the executive secretary.
According to the deputy chairman, each party participated in the country's political life through elections. "Parties which are constantly excluded from participation in the elections held in Azerbaijan, on the one hand, remain outside the politics, and on the other - deprive themselves of arguments to prove the necessity of its existence as a political organization. I think that all elections are a test for each party and this action is directly contributing to increase political activity and experience of parties. It would be nice political parties to join these events. It's not too late," said Ahmadov.
President Ilham Aliyev is the party's chairman. The party has ruled the country for 16 years.