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Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.26
By Aygun Badalova – Trend:
The voter turnout in the referendum in Azerbaijan has reached 66.8 percent, according to the results of the exit poll held by French OpinionWay company at 152 polling stations in 118 constituencies, Deputy Managing Director of the company Bruno Jean Bart said during the press conference in Baku Sept.26.
He noted that 320 employees of the company interviewed more than 12,000 citizens who voted in the exit polls.
About 80 percent of respondents voted for increasing the presidential term, he added.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree July 18 on submitting the draft Referendum Act “On making amendments to Azerbaijan’s constitution” to the Constitutional Court.
The draft Referendum Act envisages establishing first vice-president and vice-president positions in Azerbaijan, extending the president’s term of office from five years to seven years, giving the authority to the president to dissolve the parliament (Milli Majlis) and declare early presidential election, removing the age limit for presidential election, decreasing the age limit from 25 to 18 for participation in the parliamentary election.