MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – A CIS observation mission has begun its work at parliamentary elections in Turkmenistan, the mission's HQ told BelTA.
The mission is expected to comprise at least 80 members, including 10 long-term observers. First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Viktor Guminsky met with Chairman of the Turkmen Central Commission for Elections and Referenda Gulmurad Muradov. “The sides discussed the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkmenistan. Gulmurad Muradov spoke about the election campaign in detail. In his words, the campaign is taking place in a calm atmosphere and in line with the national legislation. He also reassured that the CIS observation mission will be provided will all the necessary conditions to monitor the elections,” the HQ said.
In turn, Viktor Guminsky recalled the principles of the CIS observation mission. The mission, he underlined, will work in accordance with Turkmenistan's laws and will be guided by the principles and norms of the international election law. CIS observers assume that elections are an internal affair of the country. The mission's task is to assess whether the election campaign complies with the national legislation and assist with holding free democratic elections.
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