Voter turnout hits 60 percent in south-western Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Barda, March 18 / Trend , S. Jaliloglu/
The voter turnout is 60 percent in the south-western Azerbaijan.
The voter turnout was 67 percent in Barda City Constituency No. 93 and Barda Rural Constituency No. 94 as of 17:00.
The voter turnout was 65 percent in Tartar Constituency No. 95.
The voter turnout was 60 percent in Agdam Constituency No. 118 and Agdam Rural Constituency No. 119 61 percent.
Over 19,000 or 49 percent of voters voted in the referendum in Tartar Constituency No. 95.
Today Azerbaijan is holding referendum to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.
The referendum was initiated by the ruling New Azerbaijan Party. 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.
The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.
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