Azerbaijan, Baku, June 30 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Azerbaijani Central Election Committee (CEC) considers reducing a number of municipalities in the country as a necessary step.
"The Azerbaijani parliament's decision to reduce a number of municipalities is a timely step. Small municipalities have created some difficulties in conducting municipal elections. In Azerbaijan, there were municipalities that cover only 15-20 voters," Chairman of the CEC Mazahir Panahov said at the meeting on June 30.
The Azerbaijani parliament adopted a law reducing the number of municipalities from 2,757 to 1,764, as well as establishing two new municipalities. A total of 1,567 municipalities have applied to unite, and after their unification, 574 municipalities will be formed and 993 municipalities will be liquidated.
Azerbaijan will hold the municipal elections in late 2009.
Before the municipal elections, the CEC re-clarify the country's voter lists, Panahov said.