Turkey's electorate begin casting their votes
Sunday, March 30, 2014
ANKARA - Turkish citizens began voting in local elections on Sunday to elect mayors for cities and districts, city council members, and non-partisan 'muhtars' for villages and neighborhoods from 26 different parties.
Voters in provinces of Adiyaman, Agri, Artvin, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Elazıg, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gumushane, Hakkari, Kars, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Mardin, Mus, Ordu, Rize, Siirt, Sivas, Trabzon, Tunceli, Sanliurfa, Van, Bayburt, Batman, Sirnak, Ardahan, Igdir and Kilis began to vote at 7am, which continues to 4pm.
The electorate in other 49 provinces in the country began casting their votes at 8am and will be able to cast till 5pm.
Over 52 million electors made up of 27 million women and 26 million men will cast their votes at nearly 200,000 ballot boxes across the country.
The electors are required to bring with them to the polling stations official documentation displaying their photograph, including identity cards, passports, driving license.
For many Turkish citizens and the international community, the significance of these elections goes beyond local administration, with the outcome expected to have wider repercussions on politics both within the country and beyond.
It is the first elections since last year’s anti-government protests in the summer and the anti-corruption investigations in December.
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