Head of AGO mission urges improvement of Azeri Elections Code
On 14 June members of the Council of Europes AGO Group, who are on a visit to Baku held a meeting at the Central Elections Commission (CEC).
Had of the mission Roland Wegener, told Trend after the meeting with the CEC chairman Mazahir Panahov that hey focused on the re-run parliamentary elections held recently in Azerbaijan. At the same time the AGO Group informed the CEC membership its opinion on the formation of the Elections Code and elections commission in Azerbaijan,
We discussed the shortages observed in the elections. In particular, we informed them about critical opinions on the composition of the elections commissions. As you know the Azerbaijani government asked the CE Venice Commission to render assistance in the improvement of the Elections Code. An exchange of opinion was held on the issue. We hope that as a result of joint cooperation with the Venice Commission, the issue on the improvement of the Elections Code will find its resolution, the head of AGO group said.
Estimating the situation in the fulfillment of the CE commitment by Azerbaijan Wegener said that the government achieved progress in this direction. Indeed, the CE commitments were fulfilled, while there are still some milestones and the commitment should be realized. There is also necessity for the improvement of the Elections Code. The chairman of the CEC announced that the re-run parliamentary elections were beyond the expectations. However, Panahov shared our opinions that were some shortages in the election process, he underlined.