On Sunday in Turkmenistan’s presidential elections took place. Incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in these elections ran for a third term.
As reported by the Turkmen state information service «turkmendovlethabarlary» «turkmendovlethabarlary» with reference to the CEC of Turkmenistan, at the time of closing of the polling stations in the presidential elections voted 97,27% of registered voters.
For the position came forward as candidates, except the incumbent President, another 8 people. As reports the Russian service of the BBC , the General public, they are unknown and politics have never been. Opposition candidates in the elections was not.
«The opposition itself is fragmented, most of its members are abroad», — stated in the message.
Have nominated three political parties of Turkmenistan, the ruling Democratic party presented Berdymukhamedov, the agrarian party has nominated one of its activists, the Party of Industrialists and entrepreneurs — the Bank Manager.
6 candidates nominated by «initiative groups» established on an interim basis, two of them are Deputy governors, other management staff with chemical, petroleum and agricultural industries.
The electoral code provides that «the candidate who has received on elections more than half the votes of voters who took part in the vote», a minimum turnout threshold is not specified.
In the 2012 election, the Central election Commission of Turkmenistan declared the election of the President held when voted 68,22% of voters.
As you know, in Turkmenistan, the President is head of state and commander in chief. But in fact, the current President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov almost absolute power, appoints and dismisses government officials at all levels, including Ministers, chief judge and chief Prosecutor.
In September Berdimuhamedov approved a new Constitution that reverses a 70-year age limit for presidential candidates and increases the presidential term from 5 to 7 years. Now the current President 69.
Turkmenistan held elections for President, voted by more than 97% of the electorate 13.02.2017