2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan received an overall failing score of 25 percent for electoral fairness. The score means that Azerbaijan’s constitutional and legislative basis for democracy is significantly more unfair than fair. Although there are elements of fairness in Azerbaijan’s electoral legislation such as free air time and print space, and lottery mechanism to determine print spaces, this fairness is overshadowed by unfair restrictions on political content and electoral finances laws which favor significantly wealthy citizens, candidates, and parties. Under Azerbaijan’s current electoral legislation,small and new political parties are at a severe disadvantage against large, established parties.
 

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