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Azerbaijan: Development of Electoral Legislation Provides for Citizens’ Freedom of Expression
Source: http://en.trend.az
Source Date: Monday, December 16, 2013
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Azerbaijan
Created: Dec 17, 2013

Development of electoral legislation in Azerbaijan provides for freedom of expression of citizens, according to Azerbaijani Parliament's Speaker, Ogtay Asadov's greeting message, addressed to participants of the international conference "Developing Election Laws in Europe and the CIS: Improvement Pathways and Enforcement Practices", which kicked off in Baku, on Dec. 16.

"A regulatory framework for objective, fair and democratic elections at all levels, which guarantees the Azerbaijani citizens' freedom of expression, was created in the country as part of the development of the Electoral Code and the individual inter-sectoral laws," according to the greeting message, read by the deputy speaker of the parliament, Valeh Alasgarov.

Asadov said the formation of an effectively working Central Election Commission allowed to provide the implementation of a new electoral law, and to provide activity of district and precinct commissions, achieving high accuracy and uniformity in implementation of the electoral law.

"Recent presidential elections, in which the vast majority of Azerbaijani citizens showed their support for President Ilham Aliyev was a clear proof of the effectiveness of the electoral process. We should not forget that the improvement of electoral legislation is an ongoing process requiring detailed study and implementation of international experience, best practices and electoral systems," the speaker said. "In this regard, we will give the utmost assistance to the exchange of information, holding various expert consultations to develop the most effective mechanisms of the electoral process".
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