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21.12.08 18:13
Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan decides to hold second round of parliamentary election to Mejlis in two constituencies
A meeting of the Central Commission for Elections and Referendums of Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat today, the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat. The meeting summed up the final results of the nationwide election of deputies to the Mejlis of Turkmenistan of the fourth convocation.

According to final data provided the Central Election Commission, the constituencies elected 123 deputies out of 287 candidates to the Mejlis of Turkmenistan of new convocation throughout the country. They elected 13 deputies in Ashgabat, 19 in Ahhal province, 11 in Balkan province, 26 in Dashoguz province, 26 in Lebap province and 28 in Mary province. Two or more contenders run for one seat in all 125 election constituencies. A candidate who got over 50 per cent of the votes was recognized elected. Only one case was registered when all candidates did not get such amount of the votes.

In this connection, election commission No 84 in the Lebap regional constituency made a decision in accordance with Article 37 of the law "On election of deputies to the Mejlis of Turkmenistan" to hold a re-run between two candidates who won the highest amount of the votes at the constituency. The commission members informed the CEC about their decision, and the CEC adopted a resolution to hold a re-run on 28 December, starting from 0800 in the morning till 1800 in the evening.

The CEC gave similar recommendations to the constituencies and regional election commissions of Mary province, where an elected deputy withdrew his deputy seat for family reasons. The re-run will be held there on 8 February 2009. Thus, the final composition of the 125-seat parliament will be known in February 2009.

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