Turkmenistan Elects MPs
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Dec. 14 / Trend . E.Hasanov / Voting for MPs to Majlis (Parliament) began in Turkmenistan on Dec.14. A total of 288 candidates run for 125 parliamentary seats, with 37 of the candidates registered in the capital city of Turkmenistan - Ashgabat, 46 in Akhal region, 25 in Balkan region, 63 in Dashoguz region, 56 in Lebap region, and 61 in Mary region. Of the 288 candidates, 286 have higher education, 202 are under 45 years old, and 56 are women.
Turkmenistan has 27 polling stations abroad attached to the country's diplomatic missions. Elections take place by the voting of Turkmenistan citizens on the basis of a universal, equal and direct suffrage with secret ballot and alternative basis. The term of office of MPs is five years.
For the first time foreign observers and experts, representatives from European states and international organizations including UN, OSCE, and CIS Executive Committee monitor elections in Turkmenistan.
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