Opposition's decision to boycott referendum insignificant: official
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 11 / Trend , K. Zarbaliyeva/
The Azerbaijani governing New Azerbaijan Party said the opposition's decision to boycott the referendum is insignificant.
"It is not worth talking about a decision that lacks popular support and public significance," Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Political and Public Department head Ali Hasanov told reporters.
The opposition Movement for Karabakh and the Republic referendum group has decided to boycott the referendum on March 10.
Azerbaijani referendum groups began campaigning on Feb. 18.
The campaigns will end at 00:00 on March 16.
Free airtime has been allotted to the groups on the Public Television at 18:15-19:45 on Saturdays and 20:15-21:34 on Wednesdays.
Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) registered the New Azerbaijan, City, Progress, Law and Democracy and Civil Society groups. The Prosperous Village, Free Speech, Azerbaijan People's Republic and National Independence groups were denied registration.
The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
Hasanov said Azerbaijani citizens will have their say in the referendum vote.
"No on can influence the people's will. The people will make their own choice," he added.
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