Azerbaijan wants referendum results to be discussed impartially in PACE
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 19 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
Azerbaijan wants the referendum results to be discussed impartially and without double standards in PACE, Azerbaijani PACE delegation head Samad Seyidov told journalists on March 19.
On March 18, Azerbaijan held a referendum to amend 29 articles of the Constitution.
According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), 87-92 percent of voters supported the amendments.
The referendum proposes replacing the current version of the 5th paragraph of Article 101 of the Constitution, which states that "no person shall be elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for more than two consecutive terms," by an option to extend the incumbent president's term in the event of ongoing military operations. The presidential term is 5 years.
The referendum will be discussed during the April session of PACE, Seyidov said.
Despite the fact that a referendum is a complicated process, the vote was transparent, well-organized and calm, the PACE observation mission said in a final statement.
The mission said the referendum was legitimate.
"PACE calls on the government to continue improving election processes," the statement said.
Some changes will undoubtedly provide for the significant improvement of the Constitution, PACE observation mission head, Belgian MP Paul Villi said.
The Constitution was adopted in 1995. Amendments and additions were made in 2002.Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at: [email protected]