Azerbaijani NGO publish interim report on elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 2 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The Azerbaijani Association for Civil Society Development (ACSDA) published an interim report on the results of monitoring the pre-election situation in the country.
"The current election situation can be characterized as more constructive compared than the 2005 parliamentary elections," ACSDA Electoral Chief of Staff Maharram Zulfugarli said toda.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for Nov. 7. The election campaign officially launched on Sept. 3. Previous legislative elections were held in November 2005. Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 electoral constituencies.
According to the monitoring, political parties do not allocate funds to candidates, which led to a lower demand for airtime and print space for advertising compared to 2005. The report also noted that the candidates also had fewer meetings with voters than in 2005.
"Candidate speeches during the free airtime showed that several candidates from the same constituency had similar platforms," Zulfugarli said. He noted that educational work should be conducted in the future to help candidates identify an individual platform.
Regarding the conditions created for election observers, he said that they do not fully meet the necessary requirements in some polling stations.
"In certain areas, the places reserved for observers are too far away from the action," he said.
The ACSDA has been conducting election monitoring in Azerbaijan since 2004. The association will monitor 4,400 polling stations in 106 constituencies.
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