Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 31
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmenistan completed the nomination and registration of candidates for the pre-term elections of the parliament members from two districts and the members of local self-government bodies (gengesh).
The pre-term elections will be held on April 20.
"Currently the meetings of candidates with voters are continuing. As is known, the election campaign's main principle is a broad alternative basis, serving as an indispensable term for further strengthening the democratic traditions in the Turkmen society's life," according to a message from Turkmenistan's Central Commission for Elections and Referenda (CEC).
The district election commissions were created at districts 99 'Kemin' and 103 'Zarpchy' in the country's Mary province in line with the CEC's decision to hold elections of the parliament (mejlis) members to replace the retired deputies.
Some 125 Turkmen MPs of the fifth convocation were elected during the voting held in December 2013.
The number of voters was 2,797,637 people, or 91.33 percent of all Turkmen citizens eligible to vote.
Under the Turkmen constitution, the parliament adopts laws, makes changes and additions to the Turkmen constitution, approves the state budget, resolves the issues on holding referendums and announces presidential and parliamentary elections.
It also reviews the issues regarding the appointment and dismissal of the chairman of the Supreme Court, attorney general, interior minister and minister of justice and ratifies and terminates international treaties, settles the issues regarding the change of the state borders and the administrative-territorial divisions in Turkmenistan.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.