On January 27, 2017 regular meeting of the Central Referendum Commission was held under the leadership of the commission Chair Srbuhi Arzumanyan with the agenda of a number of issues related to the upcoming February 20, 2017 Referendum on the draft Constitution of the Artsakh Republic. The meeting was also attended by the responsible officials of the Central Referendum Commission and representatives of mass media.
According to Article 23 of the NKR Electoral Code, NKR Central Referendum Commission has approved the cost estimate of the NKR Referendum commissions related to the preparation and conduct of February 20, 2017 Referendum on the draft Constitution of the Artsakh Republic in the amount of 76 597 200 (seventy-six million, five hundred and ninety-seven thousand two hundred) AMD. A significant part of the espenditures compiles the amounts of the compensation and salaries given to the commissioners involved in the organization and conduct of the Referendum; 59 711 500 AMD ( 78 % of the total expenditure).
Respective commission chairs were tasked to use the means provided for the Referendum appropriate to the estimates defined by the Central Referendum commission, as well as, to submit the superior Referendum commission a statement on the expenditures of the financial means after the Referendum within the terms prescribed by the Law.
Based upon Article 25 of the NKR Law , NKR Central Referendum Commission has established the sample of a ballot of February 20, 2017 Referendum on the draft Constitution of the Artsakh Republic. It represents a sheet with a question; < Are you for, the draft Constitution of the Artsakh Republic put to Referendum be adopted as the Constitution of the Artsakh Republic?; if the voter agrees to adopt the issue put to Referendum, so he has to make only V-shaped sign on the ballot in the blank square in front of the word , and if no, in the blank square in front of the word . The ballot will be white.
At the aim of ensuring the right of the NKR citizens to participate in the Referendum living or residing in the Republic of Armenia and organizing the Referendum, the Central Referendum Commission has decided at the meeting to form a polling centre and a Referendum precinct in the NKR permanent representation to the Republic of Armenia named “Yerevan/1″.
Concluding the meeting, Chairperson of the Central Electoral Commission briefed on the measures related to the Referendum, which had already been carried out and touched upon the main future plans.
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