ARTICLE 89. Elections of the President of Turkmenistan, deputies of the Mejlis and members of halk maslahatys and gengeshes are universal and equal. Citizens of Turkmenistan who have reached the age of 18 years have the right to vote, and each voter has one vote.
Citizens who are recognized by court as incapable, and persons who are in prison serving their sentences do not participate in elections. Any direct or indirect limitation of the citizensâ€™ right to vote is inadmissible in other cases and punishable by law.
ARTICLE 90. A citizen of Turkmenistan who has reached the age of 25 years by the day of the election, and who in the past ten years has permanently resided in Turkmenistan may be elected a member of the Mejlis. The laws of Turkmenistan define the requirements applied to candidates to the deputies of the Mejlis, members of local maslahatys and gengeshes.
ARTICLE 91. Elections are direct and elected persons are directly elected by the citizens.
ARTICLE 92. Voting at elections is secret and no control of the voting during elections is permitted.
ARTICLE 93. Political parties and public associations and groups of citizens have the right to nominate candidates in conformity with the legislation of Turkmenistan.
ARTICLE 94. National and local referendums may be organized to address the most important issues of state and public life.
Decisions made by a referendum may be repealed or changed only by referendum.
ARTICLE 95. TheMejlis has the right to call a national referendum at the proposal of at least two thirds of its deputies or at the proposal of at least 250 thousand citizens who have the right to vote.
ARTICLE 96. A gengesh has the right to call a local referendum on its own initiative or at the proposal of at least one-quarter of the voters who live in its jurisdiction.
ARTICLE 97. Referendums are conducted by way of a universal, equal and direct vote by secret ballot.
Citizens of Turkmenistan who have the right to vote participate in referendums.
ARTICLE 98. The law defines the procedure of organizing elections and national and local referendums. No elections or referendums are organized during a state of emergency.