TurkPA: Everything organized well for referendum in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
The referendum to amend Azerbaijan’s Constitution is going on in an organized manner, Nurlan Dulatbekov, head of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries (TurkPA) International Observes Mission and a Kazakh MP, has told Trend.
Dulatbekov said the TurkPA mission has already visited three polling stations and in the afternoon the mission plans to continue monitoring the referendum in Baku.
The mission will also visit polling stations in the suburbs of the Azerbaijani capital, he noted.
“Everything has been organized well: the polling stations are equipped with everything, so that the voting process would run smoothly,” Dulatbekov said.
The TurkPA International Observes Mission includes MPs from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.
The referendum to make amendments to Azerbaijan’s constitution kicked off at 08:00 and will wrap up at 19:00 (UTC/GMT +4).
The number of voters in Azerbaijan stands at 5,267,111 people.
As many as 117 international observers – MPs from around 35 countries as well as observers from various international organizations, including the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) – have been accredited by Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to observe the referendum.
The total number of the observers is around 53,000.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to hold a referendum on amending the Constitution on Sept. 26.
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