Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 23 / Trend M.Aliyev /
OSCE Baku Office Head Ali Bilge Cankorel is satisfied with the level of the ongoing municipal elections in Azerbaijan.
"The Azerbaijani municipal elections runs well with the organizational point of view," Cankorel told journalists today.
The OSCE does not monitor the elections, but NGOs inform the OSCE Baku Office about the voting process, he said.
According to him, the OSCE Baku Office received information on several violations and the office transferred the information to the Central Election Commission for consideration.
Azerbaijan launched the municipal elections. The country has about 4.6 million registered voters.
Voting began in constituencies throughout the country at 08:00 a.m.
About 15,682 members are planned to be elected to 1,718 municipalities. Municipal elections were held twice in 1999 and 2004.
Azerbaijan has registered about 31,000 candidates, including 6,108 women, for municipal members. Candidates from 18 political parties have been registered for elections. Candidates refer to 30 political parties.
The CEC will provide information on ballots at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The municipal elections will be finished at 7:00 p.m.
The CEC registered 48,388 observers, including 1,160 local observers and 52 foreign observers.
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