Azerbaijan’s referendum aimed at more human rights protection
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 27
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
Changes and additions to Azerbaijan’s Constitution are aimed at strengthening the institute of administration and improving protection of human rights, head of the observer mission of the EU Committee of the Regions, Paulina Haijanen said Sept. 27 at a press conference in Baku.
She said a group of observers, consisting of four people, studied the content and legitimacy of constitutional amendments put for the referendum beforehand, and observed the process at 10 polling stations on the election day.
Based on the observations, the mission members came to conclusion that the voting process was well prepared from both technical and organizational points of view, she said.
Turnout at polling stations was high, Haijanen noted, adding there was no interference from aside to the process and that the voters expressed their opinion.
She said the mission members also watched the counting of votes and no violations were observed there either.
Haijanen noted that in general the referendum in Azerbaijan is completely valid and its results show the people’s desires.
The referendum to make amendments to Azerbaijan’s Constitution kicked off at 08:00 and wrapped up at 19:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) Sept. 26.
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) – were accredited by Azerbaijan’s CEC to observe the referendum.
The total number of the observers was around 53,000.