Azerbaijan Parliamentarian’s Mandate Should be Cancelled by Court
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Secretary of the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan (CEC), Natig Mammadov, said that the decision to cancel the deputy immunity of MP, Huseyn Abdullayev, should be made by not the CEC, but the court.
According to the decision of the Sabayl District Court, Huseyn Abdullayev has been sentenced to two years conditional imprisonment. According to the Constitution of Azerbaijan, the persons who incurred court resolution may not be elected or continue deputy activity.
The Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Ziyafet Askerov, said that canceling Abdullayev's deputy mandate is not at the disposal of the court or CEC.
Mammadov said that Askerov made a wrong statement. "It is a legal issue and is regulated by the Constitution of Azerbaijan and Electoral Code. If the MP voluntarily refuses mandate, the CEC may make a decision to cancel it. In addition, if the MP has died or in other cases, the CEC may make a decision. However, as Abdullayev is accused of committing a crime and canceling his mandate, it should be decided by court. If the court makes such a decision, the MP will be deprived of his authorities," Mammadov said. According to him, after the court's decision, the CEC has no right to interfere in the case.