Azerbaijani voters went to the polls to decide new council members on 23 December 2019. It is the fifth local elections after the independence of Azerbaijan. In accordance with the laws of Azerbaijan, first, it should be elected the members of the parliament in the local elections. Then the elected members choose the mayor among themselves.
Municipal elections held in this year meant a lot considering the 20th anniversary of the establishment of post-Soviet local administrations in Azerbaijan. 41,462 candidates competed for 15,156 council member seats in 1606 municipalities during the elections.
Elections were held in 5049 vote centers in 118 constituencies. After the elections, Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (MSK) posited that the participation rate of local elections was 32,72 percent.
1,627,064 voters of the total – 4,972,356 went to the polls in the Azerbaijani local elections. Except the country’s occupied areas, 15,156 local government members were elected in 118 electoral districts in 160 municipalities.
The last local elections in Azerbaijan were held on 23 December 2014 and the participation rate was % 39.