Azerbaijani Constitutional amendments referendum vote goes on democratically, without violations: ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 18 / Trend , N.Abdullayeva/
A total of 550 people voted in Ukraine in a referendum on amendments to the Azerbaijani Constitution as of 15:00 Kiev time.
A total of 660 Azerbaijani citizens have been registered as voters in Ukraine, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the country Talat Aliyev told Trend on March 18.
The vote is going on democratically and without violations, he said.
The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
Today Azerbaijan is holding a referendum to amend 29 Articles of the Constitution.
The referendum proposes to replace the current edition of the 5th paragraph of Article 101 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, which states that "no person shall be elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for more than two consecutive terms", by an option extending incumbent President's office term in case when ongoing military operations during a war make it impossible to conduct a regular presidential election. The term of office of Azerbaijani President is 5 years. The incumbent President Ilham Aliyev was elected to the post in 2003 and 2008.
A total of 41 amendments to 29 articles are planned to be made in the Constitution. The amendments envisage postponement of parliamentary elections in case of military operations, right of legislative initiative to 40,000 voters, ban on keeping video and audio recording and photographing a person against his will, financial support to ex-presidents of Azerbaijan, as well as technical changes.
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