CEC: Azerbaijan cannot simplify registration for electoral candidates
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 23 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Chairman of the Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov said today that the procedures for registering electoral candidates cannot be simplified further given current legislation.
"Azerbaijan has set very simple conditions for registering candidates and simplifying them further is impossible," he said. "A candidate needs to gather only 450 signatures, which represents roughly one percent of the given district."
However, the procedures must nonetheless still be simplified, head of the OSCE Baku Office Ali Bilge Cankorel said in a speech during training courses for district election commission chairmen. He said that the number of documents required for registration should be decreased.
The CEC is working to address any misunderstandings that arise during registration, Panahov said..
The parliamentary elections will be held Nov. 7. Previous elections were held in November 2005. The elections are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies.