CONSTITUTION
OF THE PRIDNESTROVSKAIA MOLDAVSKAIA RESPUBLIKA

CHAPTER 4. THE LOCAL STATE ADMINISTRATION
AND LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT



Article 77
1. The Soviets of People's Deputies of cities, districts, villages (settlements), which are administrative territorial units of the Republic, shall constitute part of a single system of representative organs of state power of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika.
2. The Deputies of city, district and village (settlement) Soviets of People's Deputies shall be elected on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot by residents of respective administrative territorial units for the term of five years. The elections shall be held on the basis of the majority electoral system.
District Soviets of People's Deputies shall be formed according to the principle of representation of interests of the population and the territory being part of respective districts. Heads of village (settlement) administrations elected by the population of respective territories by virtue of their position shall be Deputies of district Soviets of People's Deputies, other deputies shall be elected by the population in single-mandate electoral districts.
The competences, order of holding elections (order of formation), and basic principles of functioning local state administration shall be established by the law.

Article 78
1. State administrations of towns and districts, which are administrative territorial units of the Republic, shall constitute a part of the single system of executive organs of state power of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika and perform functions of state administration in the towns and on the territories of districts of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika.
2. Unless otherwise is provided by the current Constitution, the President of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika shall appoint and dismiss the heads of state administrations.

Article 79
The system of local self-government, the order of establishment, basic principles of functioning, financial and economic basis, as well as state guarantees of independence of local self-government shall be governed by the legislation of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika.



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