Turkmenistan is holding presidential elections at 07:00 (05:00 Moscow time), on Saturday 2577 polling stations opened for voting, which will last until 19:00 (17:00 Moscow time).
Voting is also taking place at 41 polling stations opened at the diplomatic and consular offices of Turkmenistan abroad. Here it will last from 07.00 to 19.00 local time of the state in which the polling station is located.
There are 9 candidates nominated for the post of President of Turkmenistan, nominated, in accordance with the law, by three political parties registered in the country, as well as groups of citizens. The legislation of Turkmenistan does not establish a voter turnout threshold, so the elections will be recognized as valid if there is any activity of voters.
According to the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan, the Central Election Commission, no later than on the seventh day after the elections, sums up the results of the elections, draws up a protocol and publishes the results of the elections. The candidate who received more than half of the votes of the voters who took part in the voting will be declared the elected president of Turkmenistan.
A citizen of the country, who was born in Turkmenistan, is not younger than forty years old, speaks the state language, and has permanently resided and worked in the country for the previous fifteen years, can be elected President of Turkmenistan. The President of Turkmenistan is elected directly by the people of the country for a period of seven years and takes office from the moment he takes the oath. The inauguration of the new head of state is scheduled for March 19.