Boycotting is bad opposition habit: Azerbaijani government
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Azerbaijani government believes the opposition's habit of calling boycotts has not seriously influenced voter turnout.
"Boycotts have become a bad habit of the opposition. They have called for boycotts during recent elections," Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Public and Political Department head Ali Hasanov said. "However, you see, these calls have not seriously influenced voter turnout. This means that their calls for boycotts do not have serious public importance."
The Movement for Karabakh and the Republic and Republicans group decided to boycott the referendum.
Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend the Constitution.
The New Azerbaijan, Shahar, Tereggi, Huquq Va Demokratiya, Vatandash Jamiyyati, For Long-Term Development and Zaka referendum initiative groups are campaigning for the referendum.
The referendum campaign began on Feb. 18 and will end March 16 at midnight. A total of 23,000 manat was allocated to each group to campaign.
The Azerbaijani Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
Some 170 international monitors and 47,000 local monitors will observe the referendum in Azerbaijan.
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