"People in Azerbaijan aware of what they are voting for"
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.26
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
People at the polling stations are quite active and they are also aware about what they are voting for, Ramona Manescu, member of the European Parliament from Romania, representative of the European People’s Party, told Trend Sept.26.
“We participated yesterday in the discussions and we have seen the preparation for the referendum. We have visited the polling stations just to see if they have already prepared,” said Manescu, adding that they have also met the board of the electoral commission.
She pointed out that all the procedures in preparations for the referendum meet the international standards.
“I think everything will go smoothly,” Manescu added.
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, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC).
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 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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