Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 24 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Roughly 98 percent of the district election commissions presented municipal election voting reports to the Azerbaijani Central Elections Commission (CEC).
About 1,684 municipalities have presented reports and 1, 674 have submitted protocols, the CEC said. About 15, 249 candidates lead in them.
Azerbaijan held the municipal elections Dec. 23.
The Azerbaijani municipal elections were successful, CEC head Mazahir Panahov said at the news conference Dec. 24.
He added that based on preliminary information, the voter turnout in the elections 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.
The CEC registered 48,388 observers, including 1,160 local observers and 52 foreign observers.
According to Panahov, the observers have not recorded any violations that could impede the election results. He said that the CEC "hotline" received calls, which mostly were informative regarding the elections.
According to the official, the international observers monitored the voting process at about 100 district election commissions.
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