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)
Mammadov has been part of Azerbaijan's ruling circle for a long time. He has headed the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidential Administration since 1997 and was appointed Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs in 2017. He was also the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.
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