Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 18 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The Azerbaijani governing party said opposition forces must observe legislation while campaigning.
"Campaign locations have been authorized in 11 districts. But the opposition wants additional locations to be authorized. This runs counter to legislation," New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Deputy Executive Secretary Siyavush Novruzov told Trend on Feb. 18.
The referendum campaign will begin Feb. 18 and end March 16 at midnight.
The Azerbaijani government specified numerous locations for referendum events. The list does not include central squares. The opposition parties have said they want to campaign on central squares in the capital.
Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend the Constitution.
The CEC registered New Azerbaijan Party, Shahar, Tereggi, Huquq Va Demokratiya, Vatandash Jamiyyati, For Long-Term Development and Zaka referendum initiative groups. The Abad Kand, Azad Soz, Azerbaijan People's Republic and Milli Istiglal groups failed to pass registration.
The Azerbaijani Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
The Law on Freedom of Assembly and Election Code regulates mass demonstrations, Novruzov said.
"The government has authorized enough locations in both the capital and regions for campaigning. The opposition can demonstrate at these areas," he added.
The NAP was established by Nakhchivan Parliamentary Speaker Heydar Aliyev in 1992.
President Ilham Aliyev is the party's chairman. The party has ruled the country for 15 years.
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