Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct. 11 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
MP candidate nominations will begin in Turkmenistan on October 16, 2013, the Turkmen Central Election Commission said today.
"The specific issues related to one of the most important phases of the process - the candidate nomination for MPs, which will begin on October 16 this year were discussed at the meeting of the Central Election Committee," a statement said.
At this stage, the formation of district election commissions has ended in Turkmenistan. Around 125 constituencies were formed on the number of deputy mandate in the national parliament, including 15 constituencies in Ashgabat, 15 - Akhal region, 10 - Balkan region, 27 - Dashoguz region, 28 - Lebap region, 30 - Mary region.
"The preparation for the elections to the national parliament enters its active phase," Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary state news service reported. "Great importance is attached to this important political campaign in the context of strengthening the country's democratic foundations."
National and invited international experts and observers from many foreign countries and major international organizations, especially the EU, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will observe the elections.
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, approves the state budget, 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.