The camapign ahead of the 26 September referendum on constitutional changes began in Azerbaijan on Saturday (3 September). Under the provisions of the Azerbaijani electoral code campaigning ahead of a referendum begins 23 days before the day of voting.
The campaign will end 24 hours before the start of the referendum, that is, September 25 at 8:00 am.
The Azerbaijan Central Elections Commission held a session on Wednesday to review preparations for the voite. Three campaign groups have been registered so far, namely "New Azerbaijan", "Municipoality" and "Civil Society".
An attempt by the opposition Musavat Party to register a campaign group was rejected on technical grounds connected with the number of signatures required.
photo: A meeting of the Azerbaijan Central Elections Commission held on 31 August 2016 (picture courtesy of the press service of the Azerbaijan CEC)
"As expected the declaration from the 5th Eastern Partnership summit did not change in any significant way the approach of the EU to the eastern neighbourhood. However the declaration has something for everybody, and there are interesting nuances in the text that can form the basis in the future for the next steps in the EU's engagement with the region", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment.
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.