Turkmenistan preparing for presidential election

Turkmenistan preparing for presidential election

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 23

By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:

The city of Ashgabat hosted the meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Turkmenistan devoted to the upcoming February 2017 presidential election in the country, the Turkmen government said in a message.

“As many as 2,578 polling stations have been currently created, including for our compatriots outside the country, 39 polling stations have been set up at the diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan abroad,” the message said.

The participants were unanimous that their main goal is to do everything for the forthcoming election to be held at the highest organizational level, in strict compliance with the electoral laws of Turkmenistan and international law, according to the message.

Responsible representatives of political parties and public organizations also took part in the meeting.

Incumbent Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was elected to this post twice.

During the last election in February 2012, 97.4 percent of voters cast their ballots for him. President of Turkmenistan is elected for a term of seven years, according to the recently adopted new constitution of the country.

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