Elections: CIS, SCO and OIC observers found no violations, OSCE refused to observe. Voting speed was 2 people per minute

On March 13, a briefing was held by the chairman of the CEC of Turkmenistan , Gulmyrat Muradov , dedicated to the results of early presidential elections, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reports .

The official recalled that 2,726 national observers and 75 international and foreign observers from the CIS, SCO, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Organization of Turkic States, as well as from a number of countries observed the course of the elections.

3,362,052 people took part in the voting at 2,577 polling stations, the turnout was 97.17%.

In order to achieve such a result, it is necessary that 1,304 people voted on average during the working time (12 hours) at each polling station, including rural ones. This is about 108 people per hour, or two per minute throughout the day.

According to the correspondents of "Chronicles of Turkmenistan", who visited two Ashgabat polling stations at noon, no such activity was observed. The number of those who voted, judging by the signatures on the lists, was about 10%, although according to official data from the CEC, almost 72% of voters had already voted by 1 pm, that is, in the first six hours, the voting speed should have been 2.7 people per minute.

The voting results will be made public today, March 14.

At a briefing on March 13, international observers representing the Mission of Observers from the CIS, the Organization of Turkic States and the SCO stated that "the elections in Turkmenistan were held successfully, in an organized manner, on a broad alternative basis , in conditions of openness and transparency, with a high activity of the electorate" , reports "Turkmenistan : golden age.

As for other organizations, on March 8 the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights published a report in which it recommended not to send an observer mission to Turkmenistan. This was done due to the “short timeframe” between the announcement of the elections and before they were held, as well as the need to be in quarantine for two weeks after arriving in Turkmenistan due to the coronavirus.

This decision is also related to the disregard on the part of Turkmenistan of the recommendations of the organization to ensure pluralism in the electoral process and respect for basic human rights. In addition, the report refers to the non-compliance with international standards of requirements for candidates for the highest state post, related to their place of residence, language and work.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan