Turkey, Politics

Turkish elections: Expat voting to begin Thursday

Over 3 million Turks abroad registered to vote in presidential, parliamentary elections

05.06.2018
Turkish elections: Expat voting to begin Thursday

By Aylin Sirikli

ANKARA

Over three million Turkish expatriates will begin voting for June 24 presidential and general elections on Thursday.

Six candidates are contesting at the presidential race while eight political parties are taking part in the parliamentary elections.

Last April, Turkish parliament passed a bill for early elections, cementing Turkey’s move to a presidential system.

In the April 2017 referendum, Turkish voters had approved the switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

According to the electoral calendar, voting will begin on June 7 and end June 19 for Turkish expats.

Voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time on weekdays and weekends at the foreign missions.

First votes in Australia

Turks living in Australia will be first to cast their votes due to the time difference.

Election bags will be brought to Turkey by Turkish Airlines planes and will be kept at a convention hall in capital Ankara until the end of the voting on June 24.

Ballot boxes in 60 countries

A total of 3,049,065 people are registered for voting. They will be voting at 123 missions in 60 countries.

During last year’s constitutional referendum, Turkish expats voted at 120 missions in 57 countries. This year, Malta, Serbia, and Moldova were added to the list.

If a second round runs for the presidential election, the voting will be held on June 30 and July 4.

Voting will span over 13 days in three countries and one day in 24 countries.

Turkish voters in Germany, France, and Austria will vote on June 7-19.

In Denmark, the voting dates are June 9-19.

Voting in Australia will be held on June 9-17.

In Norway, Turkish citizens will be able to vote on June 14-19.

Turkish voters in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland will vote on June 15-19.

In the U.K., Turkish citizens will be able to vote on June 16-19.

Turkish voters in Bulgaria, Canada and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will vote on June 16-18.

In China, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Lebanon, Israel and Ukraine, the voting will be held on June 16-17.

Turkish voters in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Egypt, Malta, Uzbekistan, Serbia will be voting on June 17.

Turkish voters will be able to cast their votes also on custom gates between June 7 and June 24.

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