OSCE launches public discussions on Constitutional amendments in Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 18 February 2009 14:51 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 18/ Trend , A, Huseynbala/

The OSCE Baku Office will launch public discussions about the Constitutional amendments in Azerbaijan.

The OSCE Baku Office will support public forums in four Azerbaijani cities to promote public discussions on the amendments, the OSCE Baku office said.

The forums will be held in Ganja on March 5, Lankaran on March 7, Shaki on March 11 and Baku on March 14.

The forums are organized by the Caucasus Studies Center.

The OSCE Baku Office and Caucasus Studies Center will invite representatives of the local civil society, independent law experts and members of the parliament to participate in the forums.

About 40-100 individuals are expected to attend each forum.

Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend the Constitution.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) registered the New Azerbaijan, City, Progress, Law and Democracy and Civil Society initiative groups. The Prosperous Village, Free Speech, Azerbaijan People's Republic and National Independence groups were not registered.

The Azerbaijani Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.

The referendum campaign will begin Feb. 18 and end March 16 at midnight. 

The Law and Democracy, City, Progress, Civil Society and For Sustainable Development campaign groups have been selected as members by the advisory vote of the commission.

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