Turkmenistan actively held presidential elections: turnout by 11:00 local time (09:00 GMT.) made up 51,45%, reported the CEC of the Republic. The democratic party is the incumbent head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, he is considered the main favourite. At the polling station, he came with parents, children and grandchildren, reports TASS.
“At 11:00 local time to vote for the election of the President of Turkmenistan took part 1 million 661 thousand 342 votes, or 51,45% of the 3 million 223 thousand 455 included in the lists”, – stated in the message. In this case the law of the Republic is no threshold of voter turnout, and elections will be considered valid with any voter turnout.
Voted Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat at the polling station 11 surrounded by his loved ones. A report was shown on Turkmen TV channels. The President expressed confidence that the elections will be held at the highest organizational level across the country.
As notes “Interfax”, Berdimuhamedov this is the third presidential election. In 2007, after the death of the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov, Berdimuhamedov voted 89,23% of the voters. The other five candidates then scored from 3.2 to 1.3%. In February 2012, he scored more than 91% of the vote.
The voting will end at 19:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time). According to the Electoral code of Turkmenistan, winner of the elections is the candidate who receives more than half of the votes of voters who took part in the vote.
For President claim 9 persons, three of whom for the first time in the history of modern Turkmenistan nominated by political parties. The democratic party is the incumbent head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The party of Industrialists and entrepreneurs, is Chairman of the Board Joint-stock commercial Bank “”Rysgal””, the Deputy of the Majlis (Parliament) Bekmyrat Atalyev, Agrarian – the Chairman of the Mary Velasco (regional) Committee Durdygul Orazov. Initiative groups of citizens to participate in elections put forward six candidates: Deputy Hakim (Chapter) of Mary velayat Jumanazar Annayev, Director nadinskogo refinery, member of the Majlis Ramadan durdyyev, Deputy Hakim Dashoguz velayat, Mereury Gurbanov, head of the main Department of economy and development of the Akhal velayat Serdar of Jalilov, Director General of the production Association “Garabogazsulfat” State concern “Turkmenhimiya” Suleyman Nurniyazov and Vice-President of the State Association of food industry Maksat Annanepesov.