Under the wise leadership of the distinguished President, in country great attention given to the perfection of the political system, the comprehensive democratization of state and public life. As a full member of the world community, Turkmenistan today is carrying out fruitful work to deepen democratic principles. There is expanding the scale of the ongoing work on the further democratization of the social and political life of the country, the improvement of civil society institutions, and the introduction of modern electoral technologies.
Based on the resolution of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan dated January 5, 2019, it was decided to hold elections instead of early retired deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, members of the velayat, etrap, city Halk maslahaty and Gengeshes on the last Sunday of March of the 2019 year.
The election campaign began on January 20, 2019.
In the country, elections were held in 44 etraps and cities with etrap rights, in 81 Gengeshes, in 125 constituencies, including:
A total of 222 polling stations were formed for voting. Including:
143 polling stations were established in educational institutions: 131 in secondary schools, 12 in kindergartens;
25 in cultural institutions;
2 in health care facilities;
14 in the buildings of the Gengeshes;
18 in military units;
20 in buildings of other institutions and enterprises.
Elections were on the focus of public attention. All stages of the elections were monitored by 357 national observers nominated by political parties, public organizations, groups of citizens and by candidates. Including:
The nomination period of candidates lasted from January 30 to February 28, 2019. Candidates were registered from February 9 to March 5.
For the elections held on March 31, 2019, the relevant election commissions registered 281 candidates nominated from the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan, the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, the Agrarian Party of Turkmenistan, as well as groups of citizens.
In total, 180 candidates were nominated from political parties and 101 from groups of citizens. More precisely:
Early voting for the elections was held from 21 to 30 March 2019.
On Election Day, voting at polling stations was held from 7 to 19 hours.
From 201.823 registered voters in the country, for the first time, 6.856 young voters participated in the elections.
The main feature of this socio-political event was the active participation of voters both on the eve and on Election Day. Or rather:
73.106 out of 80.230 voters voted for the elections of deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, which is 91,12%;
46.080 out of 50.713 voters voted for the elections of members of the velayat Halk maslahaty and the Ashgabat city, which is 90,86%;
39.997 out of 44.093 voters voted for the elections of members of the etrap, city Halk maslahaty, which is 90,71%;
30.281 out of 33.312 voters voted for the elections of members of the Gengeshes, which is 90,90%.
At 21 polling stations of the Ashgabat city and velayats of the country, there were installed cameras and via the Central Election Commission's website saylav.gov.tm the voting process was shown online.
The website of the Central Election Commission broadcast the voting process of the polling stations on March 31, 2019 from 7.00 to 19.00, and at the same time the website saylav.gov.tm visited 43.342 people, and tens of thousands of people viewed the on-line broadcast page.
In the elections, out of 281 candidates registered throughout the country, 125 people were elected to various representative bodies of power. Including:
The number of nominated and elected candidates for deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, members of the velayat, etrap, city Halk maslahaty and Gengeshes:
From the 180 candidates nominated by political parties, 80 were elected;
From the 101 candidates nominated by groups of citizens, 45 were elected.
From the 3 elected deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, 33,33% are women, as well as from the 16 members of the Halk maslahaty of etraps, cities — 18,75%, and from the 102 members of the Gengeshes — 10,78%.
100% of the elected deputies of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan are people with higher education.
75% of the elected members of the velayat Halk Maslakhaty and the Ashgabat city are persons with higher education, and 25% with secondary special education.
81,25% of the elected members of the etrap, city Halk maslahaty are persons with higher education, and 18,75% with secondary special education.
38,24% of the elected members of the Gengeshes are persons with higher education, 41,18% with secondary special education, 20,59% with secondary education.
Among the elected persons: 24,8% are under the age of 30, 23,2% are between the ages of 30 and 40, 24% are between the ages of 40 and 50, 28% are over the age of 50.
Under the wise leadership of the distinguished President, there are being carried out fundamental changes aimed at consistently strengthening of the democratic foundations of the state, consolidating the principles of true democracy, and ensuring the constitutional rights of citizens. Being a sign of a new stage of democratic transformations, an important task of election commissions from now is holding organized public elections in accordance with national legislation, in conditions of wide alternativeness.