By Kamila Aliyeva
Turkmenistan will hold next parliamentary elections on May 21, 2017.
The county will simultaneously hold the election of members to local governing bodies Halk Maslahaty (People’s Council) and Gengeshi in connection with changes in the administrative and territorial structure of the regions.
The country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) reported that currently candidates are being nominated.
The Democratic Party and initiative groups of citizens nominated the candidates to the parliament in the constituency # 7 Gunesh in Ashgabat and in the constituency #106 Vekil in Mary province.
Several candidates are nominated for one seat in all districts. As soon as the process of nomination ends, the registration of candidates will be conducted. Later, the meetings with voters will be held.
In accordance with the constitution of Turkmenistan, the country’s parliament adopts laws, makes changes and additions to the basic law, approves the state budget, addresses issues of holding a national referendum, appoints the president election, the parliamentary election, as well as members of representative bodies.
The Turkmen parliament also ratifies and denounces international treaties, decides on changing of the state border and the administrative-territorial division of the country.
MPs are elected for a period of 5 years on the basis of universal, equal and direct voting by secret ballot. The number of MPs in the parliament is 125.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva