Azerbaijan likely to cancel state registration of 12 political parties

Azerbaijan likely to cancel state registration of 12 political parties
# 09 July 2015 09:56 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Ramiz Mikayiloglu - APA. The Central Election Commission (CEC) has appealed to the Ministry of Justice regarding the 12 political parties which failed to submit their 2014 annual financial reports, said CEC deputy chairman Natig Mammadov said on July 9.

Not disclosing the names of those parties, Mammadov said only 43 of 55 state-registered political parties submitted their annual financial reports to the CEC.

“The reports are being investigated. There are some shortcomings in the reports. Some of them are related to the practice of the parties to submit financial reports to the CEC for the first time; some are related to the positions of the parties and others to the quality of their activities. However, despite all these, I think the reports of the political parties will be available on the website of the CEC with the specified period”, Mammadov said.

On 1 October 2014, the Azerbaijani Parliament made amendments to the law “On political parties”. Earlier, political parties were to submit their annual financial reports to the Finance Minister not later than April 1 of the next year after the end of the reporting period. According to the amendments, political parties shall submit their final reports together with auditor’s report to the Central Election Commission (CEC) not later than April 1 of each year. In addition, the CEC must post relevant information on its website. The Ministry of Justice has the right to cancel the state registration of the political parties which failed to submit their financial reports. CEC secretary Arifa Mukhtarova announced on April 7 that 22 out of 55 state-registered political parties submitted their annual financial reports to the CEC on schedule. CEC chairman Mazahir Panahov said in turn that the Justice Ministry had not so far shut down these political parties, noting the CEC doesn’t want the Justice Ministry to cease the operation of the political parties, failing to submit their financial reports, upon the CEC’s appeal. Therefore, from April 1 onward, the CEC continued to receive annual financial reports from political parties.

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