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Elections in Turkey: From April 27, Turks abroad start voting

The countdown to the elections in Turkey to be held in Turkey on May 14 has begun. As announced by the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) on Tuesday (14/3) Turks living abroad will be able to vote from April 27.

Exercising the right to vote for Turks abroad will begin at border crossings and polling stations abroad on April 27 and will end on May 9, he said.

Turkey is holding on May 14 one of the crucial ones presidential and parliamentary elections of recent years. Under the Constitution, if no presidential candidate receives 50% of the vote, a second round will be held on May 28.

In this case, Turkish citizens abroad can vote between May 20 and 24, according to the YSK and as relayed by the Athens News Agency.

The parliamentary and presidential elections are considered one of the biggest challenges for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The 69-year-old has been in power for the past 20 years.

Last week, a six-party alliance named opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, 74, as the joint candidate to try to end Erdogan’s hegemony. Smaller parties also want to nominate their own candidates.

This week’s new polls on Turkey showed Kilicdaroglu leading Erdogan by more than 10 percentage points in the presidential election.

It is not yet clear whether the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which is expected to play the role of moderator in the election, will nominate its own candidate or support Kilicdaroglu.

Source: News Beast

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