Georgian Azerbaijanis Complain for Obstacles during Election Campaign
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 may / Trend corr. J.Babayeva / The Azerbaijani candidates for the parliamentary elections in Georgia complain about the obstacles presented in their participation in the election campaign for upcoming parliamentary elections.
The parliamentary elections in Georgia will be held on 21 May.
"Azerbaijani candidates face obstacles and threat, and cannot meet with their voters," Fazail Aliyev, Chairman of the 'For Azerbaijan' party and candidate to the Parliament from the Christian-Democratic Alliance, stated to Trend .
Fourteen Azerbaijanis will nominate their candidatures to the Georgian Parliament.
Georgian 62 political parties will participate in the parliamentary elections.
According to Aliyev, the Georgian Government will allow only two Azerbaijani MPs to the Parliament. However, Aliyev believes that Georgia cannot realize its purpose as the integration of Azerbaijanis into the Georgian society has been increasing.
"For the first time, 14 Azerbaijani MPs will participate in the parliamentary elections in Georgia," Aliyev stated.
The representatives of Azerbaijani and Georgian Embassies held meeting in the Central Election Commission and expressed their dissatisfaction on the obstacles created to prevent participation of Azerbaijanis in the parliamentary elections.
Elkhan Polukhov, a spokesman from the Embassy, stated to Trend that the election lists of Azerbaijanis were published in the Georgian language.
"As per the Elections Bill, the lists of national minorities must be published in their own languages," Polukhov stated.
Polukhov stated that complains have been submitted to the Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC) regarding the poor quality of translation of the election campaign materials into the Azerbaijani language.
Polukhov said Georgian CEC has agreed with the Azerbaijani Embassy's complains.
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