Vice Speaker Urges Election Commissions Include Experts and Non-Politicians
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / The task group formed to improve the Election Code of Azerbaijan is going on with its discussions and the issue will not be considered in parliament in the near future. This is due to the lack of a final decision in this connection, the vice speaker of the Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani parliament), a member of the Administration Council of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), Bahar Muradova said.
"I believe the discussions should be constant as it is a legislative activity. For this reason, the discussions on several law drafts should be held together with international organizations. We will consider the issue at the appropriate time," Muradova stated. The vice speaker noted the invariability of the government's position on the membership of the election commissions on parity base and voiced her believes in the right of the position. "
"I believe the election commissions should include experts and non-political figures," Muradova added.
The vice speaker indicated the presence of such practice in other countries, where elections are held by a state organization or experts.
"Taking all of this into consideration, we have to work out a definite variant and prevent different political parties from dealing with the matter for their own interest," Muradova added. The vice speaker urged that the organization of elections should be entrusted with a body that has social confidence.
"The matter is not of the ability of the organization to cope with the task. The matter of confidence is still a problem. If the opposition does not agree with the election commissions, which mainly include the NAP members, they will also not believe in that organization. That is why experts have to be charged with elections in order to prevent any suspicions," Muradova said.