117 foreign experts observing Azerbaijan’s referendum
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26
By Ilhama Isabalayeva – Trend:
The referendum to amend Azerbaijan’s Constitution is being observed by 117 observers from 18 international organizations, Mazahir Panahov, head of the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC), told reporters Sept. 26 in Baku.
“There are representatives of parliaments of the UK, France, Austria, Australia, Turkey, PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS, TURKPA, heads of election commissions of various countries among them,” he 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 over 30 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.