Municipal elections took place successfully in Azerbaijan: CEC chairman (UPDATE)
Updated after 4th paragraph
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 24 / Trend M.Aliyev/
The municipal elections on Dec. 23 in Azerbaijan took place successfully, the chairman of the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan Mazahir Panahov said to press conference on Dec. 24.
He said that upon preliminary information, the voter turnout in the municipal elections in Azerbaijan was 31.86 percent.
The country has about 4.6 million registered voters. 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 registered 48,388 observers, including 1,160 local observers and 52 foreign observers.
According to Panahov, violations that could impede the election results were not recorded. He said that the "hotline" of Azerbaijan's CEC received calls, which mostly were informative regarding the elections.
Panahov said that besides local observers, the international observers monitored the election in more than 100 polling stations. According to the CEC chairman, no official appeals on violation were received by the CEC.
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