TURKMENISTAN
Parliamentary Chamber: Mejlis

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1999

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Chamber:
  Mejlis


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  12 December 1999


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  The parliamentary elections of 12 December 1999 witnessed a record turnout of 98.9%. The 104 candidates vying for the 50 seats in the Majlis belonged to the country's single legal party, President Saparmurad Niyazov's Democratic Party of Turkmenistan (DPT).

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had declined President Niyazov's invitation to send observers on account of the country's failure to meet the conditions for a democratic election, particularly owing to Executive control over candidatures and the absence of non-governmental parties. However, the elections were monitored by the National Institute for Democracy and Law, which stated that no irregularities had been reported on polling day.

The Parliament inaugurated its new term on 7 January 2000 and re-elected Mr. Sahat N. Muradov to the office of Speaker of the House.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (12 December 1999): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 2 200 000

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
Democratic Party of Turkmenistan (DPT) 50

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 37
Women: 13
Percent of women: 26.00


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