Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 23 / Trend S.Javadsoy /
The Association for Civil Society Development in Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani Independent Research Center 'ELS' hold exit-poll at today's municipal elections.
'ELS' Head Irada Yagubova said that voter turnout in the municipal elections in District Election Commissions (DEC) of Baku by 4:00 p.m is as follows: Narimanov DEC - 24.6 percent, Nasimi DEC - 20.8 percent, Sabayel DEC - 20 percent, Khatai DEC- 19.3 percent; in the Ganja region- Nizami DEC - 23.8 percent, in the Khyrdalan city - 22.4 percent, in the Shirvan region - 27.9 percent and in the Khachmaz region - 25.9 percent.
The organization monitored DECs in the Baku districts Khatai, Sabayel, Narimanov and Nasimi, DECs in the Absheron-Khirdalan region and the Nizami DEC in the Ganja region, as well as DECs in the Shirvan and Khachmaz regions.
The organizations hold exit-poll in accordance with the international standards at constituencies of 8 DECs.
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 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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