Turks go to the polls Sunday

The 2009 Election Results: How much will this map change in the upcoming elections? Around 53 million people will vote in local elections at 194,310 ballot boxes around Turkey on Sunday.

The 2009 Election Results: How much will this map change in the upcoming elections? Around 53 million people will vote in local elections at 194,310 ballot boxes around Turkey on Sunday.

ANKARA – Turkish voters will go to the polling stations on Sunday to select their local administrators for the next five years from 26 different political parties.

Around 27 million women and 26 million men are expected to vote at 194,310 ballot boxes across the country to elect mayors for cities and districts, city council members, and non-partisan 'muhtars' for villages and neighborhoods.

However, they will have to leave any communication equipment such as mobile phones or image capturing devices like cameras behind when entering voting boxes.

For many Turkish citizens and the international community, the significance of the upcoming elections goes beyond local administration, with the outcome expected to have wider repercussions on politics both within the country and beyond.

March 30 marks the first ballot since last year’s anti-government protests in the summer and the anti-corruption investigations in December.

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