New Azerbaijan opts against allocating agitation campaign funds
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 12 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
The New Azerbaijan ruling party will not allocate funds for agitation campaigns by municipal member candidates.
"We have up to 500,000 people in our party. We have nominated our candidates for municipal members using this potential," New Azerbaijan Deputy Executive Secretary, MP Mubariz Gurbanli told media today.
The Azerbaijani municipal elections are scheduled for Dec. 23. About 15,682 members are expected to be elected for 1,718 municipalities.
Municipal elections were held twice in 1999 and 2004.
Gurbanli said the candidates will carry on their campaigns using the funds envisaged by the law.
"We are ready to provide our candidates with material assistance. The Central Election Commission will allocate the necessary funds. Our candidates will conduct their election campaigns in accordance with the material assistance," he said.
He said youth and women have an advantage while nominating party candidates.
"All local organizations took this recommendation into account. This recommendation was proposed by the party leadership. But it is impossible to say how many youth and female candidates will be elected as municipal members. It depends on the voters," Gurbanli said.
New Azerbaijan was established by Azerbaijani national leader, ex-President Heydar Aliyev in 1992. Aliyev was Nakhichivan Supreme Majlis parliamentary speaker at the time. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev presently heads the ruling party.
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