Turkmenistan ends registration of presidential candidates
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Jan. 18
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
The registration of candidates in anticipation of the presidential election to be held Feb. 12, 2017 in Turkmenistan has ended, the country’s Central Election Commission said in a message Jan. 18.
Nine presidential candidates were officially registered in Turkmenistan.
The Democratic Party nominated the incumbent head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan nominated chairman of the Commercial Bank Rysgal, Bekmyrat Atalyev, and the Agrarian Party nominated chairman of the Mary province committee Durdygylych Orazov.
Deputy Chairman of Turkmen state association of food industry Maksat Annanepesov, Deputy Head of the Mary province of Turkmenistan Jumanazar Annayev; Director of Seydi oil refinery, MP Ramazan Durdyyev; Deputy Head of Dashoguz district Meretdurdy Gurbanov; Head of the Economic Department of Akhal province Serdar Jelilov; Director General of ‘Garabogazsulfat’ association Suleymannepes Nurnepesov and are among the candidates nominated by initiative groups of Turkmen citizens.
“The registered candidates were provided with equal rights and opportunities to organize meetings with voters, make speeches on TV, radio and in print media in accordance with the Turkmen national electoral legislation and the international law,” the message said.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been elected twice as the country’s president. During the presidential election in 2012, 97.4 percent of voters cast their ballots for Berdimuhamedov.
Turkmen president is elected for a period of seven years, according to new amendments to the country’s Constitution.