AZERBAIJAN HAS TIME TO INJECT CHANGES TO ELECTIONS CODE, PACE CO-RAPPORTEUR
вЂњStrict measures may be taken in regard to Azerbaijan, including the cessation of Azerbaijani parliamentary representativesвЂ™ mandate at the PACE, unless the parliamentary elections meet the CEвЂ™s requirements,вЂќ Andreas Herkel, the co-rapporteur of the PACE Monitoring Committee on Azerbaijan, told Trend in
an exclusive interview.
Herkel said that the draft changes to the Law on Elections, adopted by the Milli Majlis (parliament), do not reflect the basic requirements of the Venice Commission. Insignificant remarks were taken into consideration, while the changes to the staff of the elections commissions вЂ" the most important вЂ" was left out of attention.
В"Azerbaijan has time to inject changes and the issue could be solved in July,В" Herkel noted. He underlined that the final resolution in still to be taken by the Azerbaijani parliament. Otherwise, the issue would negatively impact on the CEвЂ™s position in regard to Azerbaijan.
Herkel stated that the disagreements at the PACE summer session in Strasburg did not affect the resolution вЂњSituation in the sphere of democracy in AzerbaijanвЂќ, while the report вЂњOn situation of political prisonersвЂќ by Malcolm Bruce, the British MP, suffered considerable changes.
Gultakin Hajiyeva, the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegate at the PACE, in her turn regretted for the rapporteursвЂ™ non-constructive position. вЂњAt the summer session of the PACE in Brussels the rapporteurs on Armenia condemned critic statements by European parliamentarians to ArmeniaвЂ™s address, while Andreas Herkel and Andreas Gross [PACE co-rapportuers on Azerbaijan] laid serious accusations on Baku,вЂќ she stressed. Hajiyeva added that the rapporteursвЂ™ pessimistic position would negatively affect on development of the democratic processes in Azerbaijan.
Touching upon non-ratification of Azerbaijani parliamentary delegationвЂ™s new mandate at the PACE, she noted that вЂњstatement of such character could not be sounded in address of any western European country. Nobody has right to judge about the results of the forthcoming parliamentary election in Azerbaijan and the last changes to the elections code, adopted by the parliamentary on the eve, will positively affect on the parliamentary electionsвЂќ.
The Azeri MP excluded the possibility of the special parliamentary meeting on injecting of changes to the Elections Code of Azerbaijan. вЂњThe draft changes to the parliament was adopted at the plenary session of the Azerbaijani parliament on Tuesday. There is not necessity in special meeting,вЂќ Hajiyeva said.