ElectionGudie

Dec. 14, 2008 Held

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

Election for Mejlis (National Assembly)

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At stake in this election:

  • 125 seats in the National Assembly (Mejlis)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Gurbanguly BERDYMUKHAMMEDOV
  • Head of Government: President Gurbanguly BERDYMUKHAMMEDOV
  • Assembly: Turkmenistan has a unicameral National Assembly (Mejlis) with 125 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Mejlis) 125 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.*

* Recent constitutional changes abolished the People's Council and expanded the number of seats in the National Assembly from 50 to 125.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Democratic Party of Turkmenistan (DPT) / Türkmenistanyň Demokratik partiýasy
    • Leader: Gurbanguly BERDYMUKHAMMEDOV
    • Seats won in last election: 65
    • Seats won in this election: 125*

* The official party status of the winning candidates was not released, but all were either party members or members of state-controlled groups.

Population and voter registration:

  • Population: 5,269,000 (2008 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 2,763,993 (2008)