Published Friday, 13 December 2013
Elections are expected to take place next year. (© Getty)
The current 26 councils are to be replaced by 11, more powerful authorities, in a major reorganisation of local government.
As well as covering larger areas, the new councils will also have new names.
The new councils will also have greater responsibility than the current bodies, however, they will have around 120 fewer elected representatives.
A report has been submitted to the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers setting out proposals for the new councils' boundaries, known as district electoral areas and elections are expected in May.
District electoral areas commissioner Dick Mackenzie said: "My recommendations reflect many of the representations I received from the public during an extensive consultation process which involved public inquiries in nine of the new council areas.
"My recommendations represent a considerable change from the current pattern in some places due to the reduction in the number of councils and the consequent fall in the number of wards.
"However, in other areas there is a broad similarity with the existing pattern."
Councillors will be elected by a system of proportional representation.
The greatest changes in council make-up are in the Causeway Coast and Glens council area, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Mid and East Antrim and Mid Ulster. Fermanagh and Omagh are virtually unchanged.
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