Top official: Elections in Azerbaijan held democratically, fairly thus far (UPDATE)

Top official: Elections in Azerbaijan held democratically, fairly thus far (UPDATE)

Details added (first version posted on 11:50)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

During the independence period, Azerbaijan has had up to 15 electoral procedures of republican level, and the participation of the media in these processes was ensured absolutely, said Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president's aide for public and political affairs.

He was addressing a seminar titled "Election to Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis: The Roles and Duties of Media in Pre-election Campaigning Process" on Oct. 2.

"The elections, held so far in Azerbaijan, have been democratic and fair," said Hasanov.

He said certain shortcomings aren't ruled out - no country is insured against them, but according to the general results of the elections, they have been held fairly and democratically.

"I believe this election too will be no exception," said Hasanov. "The election depends on the mood in society, the social environment and the created conditions."

"The Central Election Commission has taken all the necessary actions for fair election in Azerbaijan," he added.

Regarding the media, Hasanov said the journalist ID is enough for the media members to be able to observe the electoral process from the beginning till the end.

"We regard media as the important participant of elections," said the top official. "Its task is to truthfully analyze the electoral environment, to become familiar with the population's election mood and its activeness."

He noted that media is the only institution for conveying these processes to the society.

"Sometimes, some circles can't objectively assess the conclusion of the Central Election Commission, however, media assesses it objectively," said Hasanov. "From this point of view, the role of the press is priceless.'

"Media should create equal conditions for all sides, including political parties and blocks participating in elections," said the top official.

The press must act in accordance with the law on mass media, electoral law, as well as the pluralistic policy pursued by the state and create equal conditions for candidates, according to Ali Hasanov.

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