Nomination of Candidates by Political Parties and Blocks of Political Parties.
A political party shall make a decision on nomination of a candidate in conformity with the charter of the political party. Such a decision should be made by voting, in a collective order.
A candidate nominated by a block of political parties shall be approved by each political party, which is included in the block. A decision on nominating a candidate by the blocks of political parties shall be made in the meeting (congress, conference, meeting of managing body) of representatives of political parties. Such authorized of political parties shall be determined during the congress (conference, meeting of managing body) of political parties.
The decision of a political party and block of political parties on the nomination of a candidate shall be formalized by the minutes. The minutes shall contain the following:
number of registered participants taking part in the meeting (congress, conference, meeting of managing body);
number of participants required for adoption of a decision considered by the agreement on creation of a block of political parties;
decision on nomination of candidates and results of voting for this decision;
date of adoption of a decision.
A political party and block of political parties can nominate the persons who are not members of political parties which are included in the block.
Together with the names of candidates, the authorized representatives of the political party shall submit to the relevant election commission the following documents:
copy of certificate on registration of political party verified by a notary office;
copy of charter in effect of political party verified by notary office;
decision of congress (conference, meetings of the managing body) on nominating candidates and minutes of relevant meeting;
powers of attorney of authorized representatives of political parties, formalized by a notary office.
Together with the names of candidates, the authorized representatives of the block of political parties shall submit the following documents:
decisions of congresses (conferences, meetings of managing bodies) of political parties included in the block of political parties on nomination of candidates and minutes of relevant meeting;
decision, made at the meeting (congress, conference) of the representatives of political parties included in the block of political parties, on nomination of a candidate on behalf of block of political parties and minutes of relevant meeting;
powers of attorney of authorized representatives of block of political parties formalized by a notary office.
Authorized representatives of political parties and blocks of political parties shall submit the documents on candidates nominated to the relevant election commission. Names of candidates shall be submitted in a format defined by the Central Election Commission, type written or in another manner, which can be read by machine.
The authorized representative of a political party and block of political parties shall submit documents mentioned in Articles 54.1 – 54.7 of this Code together with the candidate’s application which contains:
undertaking to terminate the activities which are incompatible with his/her position if he/she is elected;
consent to be nominated as a candidate.
This application should also contain the candidate’s:
surname, name, patronymic, date of birth;
address of residence;
main working place or official duty including occupation (if he/se does not have it – type of activity);
party affiliation with candidate’s own consent.
If candidates have a sentence, which is not served or cancelled, name and number of the relevant Article of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan should be recorded in their application. If a candidate has committed an action abroad, which imposes a criminal liability, and if the same action provides for liability established by the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan and is sentenced by a court decision, which entered into force, the application should contain name of the relevant law of the foreign country. The application of the candidate should also contain information about the candidate’s citizenship, as well as information about if a candidate has foreign citizenship or obligations in foreign countries.
The election commission shall examine the submitted document within a 5-day period, make a grounded decision on whether the candidate nominated for the relevant constituency is approved or not, and inform about it the authorized representative of the political parties and blocks of political parties. The relevant election commission cannot refuse the receipt of submitted documents.
The basis for refusal from registering the candidate’s nomination can only be:
documents mentioned in Articles 54.1 – 54.7 are not formalized as required; or
violation of rules set forth in the Code for nomination of candidates.
If the mistakes and errors can be eliminated through corrections made by the authorized representative of a political party or a block of political parties, then the relevant election commission shall notify the candidate about it within the period set forth in Article 54.9 of this Code, and after such correction is made, shall approve nomination of the candidate.
The Central Election Commission and Constituency Election Commissions should create conditions for receipt of information about relevant nominated candidates.