Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, September 26/ Trend, H. Hasanov /
Parliamentary elections in Turkmenistan which are planned for December 15, 2013, will be held on a two-party basis, a message from the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Turkmenistan said.
'Representatives of the two political parties will compete for victory in the parliamentary elections. This will give a powerful impetus to the pre-election campaign and allow the electorate to nominate the most worthy representatives for the country's legislative body', the message said.
The start of the campaign for this election will be announced on October 5, 2013, in Turkmenistan. Nomination of candidates for the national parliament will take place from October 16 to November 14. Registration will run from October 26 to November 20.
At a meeting of the Central Election Commission it was decided to hold training seminars for representatives of political parties, public organisations and associations, electoral commissions and national observers.
It is expected the elections will be monitored by national observers and invited international experts and witnesses from many foreign countries and major international organisations and in the first instance, the European Union, the CIS and the OSCE.
The MPs term of office is five years. The main current staff was elected in December 2008.
Last year a law 'On political parties' was adopted in Turkmenistan. On this basis, a party of Turkmenistan industrialists and entrepreneurs was established in August 2012 in Ashgabat with the participation of 300 delegates representing enterprise structures from all regions of the country.
Up till then, the only political organisation, namely the Democratic Party, headed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was registered in the country. In August 2013 the Turkmen leader adopted a decision to remove the duties of the chairman of this political structure from himself.
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