Azerbaijani Electoral Code to be amended
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 9 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijani Electoral Code will be amended.
The relevant election commission should provide information to media about the candidates, who have been registered under the relevant constituency within 24 hours (in the current legislation this period is defined as 48 hours) in accordance with the amendments, the Parliament of Azerbaijan told Trend on Monday.
A decision on each complaint received by the Election Commission during the election shall be made within three days, and on election day or the next day is taken immediately and submitted to the plaintiff. Under the proposed change, the decision on each complaint, if there is less than 30 days before election day, shall immediately be taken within two days (but no later than election day) and presented to the plaintiff.
The current law states that complaints on the decisions of election commissions should be considered in the courts for three days (if the Code does not set a shorter period of time). Under the new changes, appeals against decisions of election commissions should be considered in two days if there is less than 30 days (but no later than election day) to election day, but applications received on the polling day and the next day, must be considered immediately.
Expert, considering the complaint, must make a decision during the period provided in Art. 112.10. of Election Code. If there is a need for additional investigation, the relevant election commission can make a decision on it. Such a decision must be made within three days of receipt of the complaint, and should be taken immediately on election day. The new bill states that such a decision must be made within two days if there is less than 30 days (but no later than election day) before the election.
Further, the bill proposes that the decision of the expert is declared immediately after its adoption, or published together with the decision of the relevant election commissions (available on the website) not later than 18:00 and submitted or sent to the plaintiff. This term is defined in 24 hours under current law.
It is also proposed that the decision made by a referendum, and the official announcement of the referendum results, together with the text of the act adopted by referendum shall be published by the Central Election Commission (CEC) no later than 30 days after the voting. Under the current law this term is defined in 20 days.
According to the following proposed amendment, the CEC shall announce the results of municipal elections in Azerbaijan no later than 25 days from the date of the election. Under current law this term is defined in 30 days.