Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 11 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
Azerbaijan's ruling party accuses opposition parties of conducting a 'black PR' campaign against it.
"The opposition parties, which are rivals of our party, try to differently present the signature collection campaign of candidates from NAP, which they completed in an organized manner and in a short period. I believe that the activities of the opposition camp are ' black PR', directed against our party. The reasons of attempts to cast a shadow on the activities of the NAP, use a rigid form of 'black PR' are impotence, weakness and uncertainty in the opposition parties," Ali Ahmedov, deputy chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) said in an interview with party's official website.
The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for November 7, 2010. Previous parliamentary elections were held in November 2005. Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies.
Ahmedov believes that the great concern of the opposition is the problems in collecting the signatures necessary for registration of their candidates.
"The main reason for these problems is that people do not vote for candidates nominated by them, because people do not know many of the candidates nominated by the opposition, they do not have any information about them. And therefore, they are reluctant to take part in a campaign to collect signatures in their favor. About ten people have collected the necessary signatures for the registration of each candidate from NAP. But the candidates from the opposition have collected the signatures themselves. Imagine that the opposition candidate has done alone the work that ten people do during day," said the spokesman of NAP.
The official of NAP said that the opposition parties and the newspapers under their control use 'black PR' against the candidates from NAP, already launched this campaign.
"Instead of presenting themselves to the society, they conduct false, defamatory campaign against the candidates of the NAP, who have a great chance of support by people in the upcoming parliamentary elections," Ahmedov said in an interview.