Secretary: Azerbaijani CEC to publish new ballots for certain constituencies
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.1 / Trend, T.Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) will publish new ballots for certain constituencies, CEC Secretary Natig Mammadov told Trend today.
"The names of the MPs who were registered after the Appeal Court's decision should be included in the ballots," he said. "Additional funds will be spent in this regard, but the rights of these people need to be ensured. There are no problems in terms of the constituencies that have not yet received any ballots. But the constituencies that have already received their ballots should take the necessary measures to change them."
The court announced its decision allowing four individuals to register for the elections, whose candidacies earlier had not before registered. After the decision, the CEC registered these candidates.
Mammadov stressed these individuals were not able to take part in the pre-election campaign. At present, 695 candidates are participating.
"Generally speaking, we can say that candidates who were registered earlier have more chances than candidates who were registered later," he said. "So we can see a relative inequality. But steps must be taken to ensure the rights of these candidates - this is also a reality."
Azerbaijan started printing ballots for the upcoming parliamentary elections on Oct. 22. The ballots will be printed at the Azerbaijani parliamentary printing house.
Based on the Azerbaijani Electoral Code, 3 percent more ballots will be printed than the actual number of voters.
The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for Nov. 7. Previous elections were held in November 2005. The elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies.