Comic Relief from Turkmenistan
“Elections” were held in Turkmenistan on Sunday December 14, and there’s nothing like “elections” when it comes to having a good laugh, sadly. There are 125 FPTP seats, just another way to prevent anybody except from the government apparatchiks to win seats. Ethnic minorities were not even allowed to run.
Theoretically, there was “progress” made, by allowing parties other than the Democratic Party (DPT) to run candidates. Of course, nobody else signed up except for pro-DPT indies. Even then, tradition says that elections must still be tricked. The observers, mostly from other CIS nations that like to hold fake elections, reported that it was free and fair.
“The parliamentary elections were well-organized, competitive and free. They were held in compliance with election legislation in effect in the country and generally recognized norms of democratic elections, and were marked by high voter turnout.”
—Sergei Lebedev, head of the CIS election observation team (also happens to be in the SVR, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service)
93% turned out to vote. According to slightly more reliable sources, more like 30% turned out.
A few other quotes: “I didn’t vote… Why vote if the electoral commission members are going to do it instead of us?” and “We were told in advance who to vote for, so we did”.
WorldElections projects: DPT and allies 125. 100% accuracy certified.