Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, October 4/ Trend H. Hasanov /
Regarding the election of deputies of the Turkmen Mejlis (Parliament), which is scheduled for December 15, 2013, a decision was taken on establishment of electoral districts, the resolution of the Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan released on Friday said.
In accordance with Article 60 of the Turkmen Constitution for the orderly conduct of the elections in the country 125 electoral districts will be established, including those in Ashgabat city - 15, Akhal province - 15, Balkan province - 10, Dashoguz province - 27, Lebap province- 28, Mary province - 30.
It is expected that 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.
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.
According to the Turkmen constitution, the parliament passes laws, makes changes and additions to the Constitution of Turkmenistan; examines the state budget approval, addresses questions on holding referendums and announces presidential and parliamentary elections.
It also considers issues the appointment and dismissal of the chief of the Supreme Court, attorney general, interior minister and minister of justice and ratifies and terminates international treaties, addresses issues on changes of state borders and the administrative-territorial division of Turkmenistan.