Turkey: Election districts, number of MPs for each set

Country to be divided into 85 election districts, from where 550 MPs will be elected

Country to be divided into 85 election districts, from where 550 MPs will be elected

ANKARA – Turkey’s Supreme Election Board published Thursday the election districts and the number of MPs for each, nearly four months before the 2015 general elections.

The board, according to the decision published in Tuesday’s edition of Official Gazette, determined the number of MPs for each election district relying on the December 2014 Population Registration System of Turkey’s statistical institute.

The latest population census published by the Turkish Statistical Institute on Dec. 31, 2014, says Turkey has a population of 77,695,904. Turkey will be divided into 85 election districts in 81 provinces with a total of 550 MPs.

According to the decision, provinces that have less than 18 MPs will be in one election district, provinces with 19 to 35 MPs will be divided in two election districts and provinces with more than 36 MPs will be divided into three election districts.

The designation says that Izmir, from where 26 MPs will be elected relying on population statistics, will be divided in two election districts.

Ankara, from where 32 MPs will be elected, will be divided into two election districts and Istanbul, from where 88 MPs will be elected, will be divided into three election districts.

Compared with the last general elections held on June 12, 2011, the number of MPs which will be elected from Ankara, Istanbul and Bayburt will increase. On the other hand, the number of MPs to belected from Elazig, Kutahya, Manisa, Mus and Ordu will decrease.

Separately, the Turkish prime ministry published a letter calling on all civil servants to plan their annual leaves taking into consideration the dates of election process.

According to the Turkish constitution, the general elections are held on the last Sunday before fulfilling four years from the last general elections.

The last elections were held on June 12, 2014, while this year’s elections will be held on June 7.

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