TurkPA: Referendum in Azerbaijan held in line with int’l standards
The referendum to amend the Azerbaijani Constitution was held in accordance with international standards, Haluk Ipek, a Turkish MP and a member of the observer mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries (TurkPA), said at a press conference in Baku Sept. 27.
“No violation was recorded during the referendum,” he noted.
The referendum was organized at a high level and the voting results reflect the will of the Azerbaijani people, said the Turkish MP.
Ipek added that the voter turnout was high at the referendum.
Jandos Asanov, TurkPA secretary general, said the mission, which carried out short-term monitoring in the referendum, included parliamentarians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey as well as representatives of TurkPA Secretariat.
He thanked the Azerbaijani government for the conditions created for monitoring the referendum.
The referendum to make amendments to Azerbaijan’s Constitution kicked off at 8:00 am and wrapped up at 7:00 pm 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.
According to Azerbaijan’s Election Code, the referendum was declared valid.