Azerbaijan’s referendum: Turnout in Moscow at 56%

Azerbaijan’s referendum: Turnout in Moscow at 56%

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26

By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:

As of 15:00 Moscow time (GMT +3) 879 people, or 56 percent of voters, cast their ballots in the referendum to amend Azerbaijan’s Constitution at the polling station in Azerbaijan’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the embassy told Trend Sept. 26.

The polling station #48 of the Yasamal constituency #17 was established in the embassy and 1,500 Azerbaijani citizens, permanently or temporarily residing in Russia, were registered there.

One more polling station was opened in the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in St. Petersburg and another one was created at the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Yekaterinburg.

Representatives of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) are observing the voting process.

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.

In accordance with Azerbaijan’s Constitution and Electoral Code, polling stations were created in the country’s diplomatic missions in about 40 countries for the Azerbaijani citizens abroad to be able to participate in the referendum.

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