CEC secretary: Inadmissible to propagate others during free air time for candidates in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 3, /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
It is inadmissible to propagate others during free air time for candidates, provided in connection with the upcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, Central Election Commission secretary
Natig Mammadov told Trend on Wednesday.
"We are witnessing these or other violations of law during free air time. Yet the CEC shows its patience. But the patience has its limits. Free air time is available for candidates to conduct a targeted campaign and present their programs to voters," said Mammadov .
In addition to opportunities provided by legislation and to create equal conditions for all candidates, the CEC has decided to provide each candidate free air time of four minutes. During their free time, some candidates call on voters to vote for candidates in other districts.
"The candidate who enjoys the free air time can promote another candidate only if the air time is allocated to political parties or blocs. Air time can be allocated to those parties or blocs that nominated their candidates in more than 60 constituencies. No party or bloc, except New Azerbaijan Party, have gained this right. This right was only gained by the NAP, but it did not use this right. If other party or bloc would have this right, they could promote other candidates. But during the airtime provided for candidates, everyone should present their program to the voters," said the CEC secretary.
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.