CENTRAL COMMISSION FOR HOLDING ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS IN TURKMENISTAN

Central Commission for holding Elections and Referendums in Turkmenistan (as of November 1, 2018)

The Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan was established in 1991.

The full name of the commission is “Central Commission for holding Elections and referendums in Turkmenistan”.

The abbreviated name is “Central Election Commission” or “Central Election Commission of Turkmenistan”.

The term of office of the Central Election Commission is five years.

The election commission consists of the chairman, the deputy chairman, the secretary and twelve members. Four members (27%) of the 15 members are female.

The chairman of the Central Election Commission, the deputy chairman, the secretary conduct their activities within the organization, and the remaining twelve members implement their powers on a voluntary basis.

Decisions of the Central Election Commission are made by majority vote and open voting. Decisions made by the Central Election Commission are binding on the territory of Turkmenistan.

The activity of the Central Election Commission is carried out in the form of meetings. The meeting of the Central Election Commission is held on the basis of a free, open discussion of issues within its competence.

For the period of joining to the Central Election Commission, the membership of members of political parties and public associations is temporarily suspended. This rule applies to employees of the Central Election Commission.

The organizational support of the activity of the Central Election Commission is carried out by its permanently operating employees.

The organization was formed on February 16, 2007 and is headed by the chairman of the Central Election Commission.

The organization of the Central Election Commission has executive secretaries in the Ahal, Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap, Mary velayats and in the city of Ashgabat. They help in organizational works on the elections.

The annual work plan prepared for the organization of the Central Election Commission is approved by the Chairman of the Central Election Commission and is implemented by the organization.

Also is made up a plan for the preparation and organization of elections during the election campaign. This plan is approved at a meeting of the Central Election Commission and is carried out by the election commission, political parties, public associations, hakimliks, relevant ministries and organizations.

The activities and powers of the Central Election Commission are carried out in accordance with the Constitution and the Election Code of Turkmenistan. This helps guide the preparation and holding of elections and referendums, as well as the structure of the election commission.

The structure of the election commission of Turkmenistan:

  1. the Central Commission for holding elections and referendums in Turkmenistan;
  2. election commissions of the velayats and the city of Ashgabat;
  3. election commissions of etraps and cities with the rights of etrap;
  4. district election commissions;
  5. election commissions of cities in etraps, settlements and gengeshliks;
  6. precinct election commissions.

The term of office of these election commissions is five years and their members implement their powers on a voluntary basis.

Election commissions of velayats, etraps, cities, cities in etraps, settlements, gengeshliks are formed by administrative-territorial units of the country, but district and precinct election commissions - by the number of voters, formed constituencies and polling stations of the relevant territory.

According to the general information about the elections which passed on March 25, 2018, was functioned:

  • 6 election commissions of velayats, cities with the rights of velayats (totally 66 members);
  • 60 election commissions of etraps, cities with the rights of etraps (totally 664 members);
  • 125 district election commissions (totally 1375 members)
  • 605 election commissions of the cities in etraps, settlements, gengeshliks (totally 4,241 members);
  • 2604 precinct election commissions, 39 of which are abroad (totally 17702 members).

In general, there are 3401 commissions (totally 24063 members) in the 6-digit structures of the election commissions.

Also, at the Central Election Commission are functioning also working commissions, which work with complaints, with investigative oversight, with international organizations, with the mass media and national observers.

The website “www.saylav.gov.tm” of the Central Election Commission contains information about the Constitution and the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan, election guidelines, memos, charters, news.

Financial support of the activities of the Central Election Commission's office is carried out at the expense of the State Budget of Turkmenistan. The Central Election Commission is a legal entity.

Address of the Central Election Commission: c. Ashgabat, st. Görogly, d.44. Tel: 44-67-33, Fax: 44-67-35.