Azerbaijani opposition party against boycotting referendum
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/
An Azerbaijani opposition party is against a decision by several parties to boycott the referendum.
"I believe there is no mechanism to boycott votes in Azerbaijan," Civil Solidarity Party Chairman and member of parliament Sabir Rustamkhanli told Trend .
The opposition Movement for Karabakh and the Republic referendum intitiative group recently decided to boycott the referendum.
Azerbaijani referendum groups launched campaigning on Feb. 18. The campaigns will end at 00:00 on March 16.
Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.
The Central Election Commission registered the New Azerbaijan, City, Progress, Law and Democracy, Civil Society, For Sustainable Development, Intellect, Movement for Karabakh and Republic and Republicans 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.
Rustamkhanli said although his party joined Movement for Karabakh and the Republic, it has not taken part in any of the group's meetings.
"I was abroad for a long time. I do not agree with the group's decision to boycott the referendum," he said.
He said everyone must express their feelings about the Constitutional amendments in the referendum vote.
"Boycotting is the wrong step," Rustamkhanli said.
The Civil Solidarity Party was founded by leader of the Azerbaijan National Liberation Movement Rustamkhanli in 1992. The party took part in the parliamentary elections in 1995, 2000 and 2005, presidential elections in 2003 and municipal elections in 1999 and 2004.
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