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Sardar Jalaloglu: "The Venice commission and powers will introduce cosmetic amendments to the Election Code of Azerbaijan"

07 February 2008 [17:36] - TODAY.AZ
The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Azerbaijani powers plans to discuss the improvement of the Election Code of Azerbaijan on February 8.

Yet the representatives of the opposition parties have not been invited to the meeting. Day.Az decided to learn the attitude of the representatives of opposition parties towards this case.

Chairman of Azerbaijan's Democratic Party Sardar Jalaloglu noted that the opposition has not been invited as only cosmetic amendments will be introduced to the Election Code.

"Processes of democratic development are not ongoing in Azerbaijan. This is caused by the facts that due alterations are not introduced to the Constitution. Moreover, the powers do not conduct any serious economic reforms. In this case any changes are not expected. Moreover, the West does not demonstrate any initiative on this issue", S.Jalaloglu added.

Igbal Agazade, chairman of Umid Party, comments on the non-participation of the opposition to introduction of amendments to the Election Code saying that its position is clear, therefore, no problems are expected to appear in this issue.

"I do not want to comment on amendments and alterations to the Election Code. Everything is clear. I do not believe that positive changes will occur", Agazade noted.

Spokesman for press and agitation of Azerbaijan's National Independence Party Ali Orudjev also expressed regret that the opposition does not take part in such meetings.

"We wish opposition could have proposed its amendments to the Election Code. But if we are not invited, at least, we should be well informed about the alterations to be introduced to the Election Code because after this the parties, participating in the presidential elections, will have to base their election campaign on a new model", Orudjev said.

Arif Gadjili, head of the central office of the Musavat Party, announced that non-participation of opposition in these talks evidence that powers want to coordinate the amendments and alterations in the Election Code with the Venice Commission independently.

"It is difficult to forecast any cardinal changes. At the same time, we hope that representatives of the opposition will take part at the next session", Gadjili said.


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