President Erdogan casts ballot in Turkey’s local polls

Recep Tayyip Erdogan expresses hope for high turnout in local elections

Fatih Hafız Mehmet  | 31.03.2019 - Update : 01.04.2019
President Erdogan casts ballot in Turkey’s local polls Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote at a polling station during local elections in Istanbul, Turkey on March 31, 2019 ( Ahmet Bolat - Anadolu Agency )


Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cast his ballot in Istanbul in Sunday's local elections.  

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote, Erdogan expressed hope for high turnout in ballot boxes.

He said the voting process is continuing smoothly across Turkey.

Erdogan will start to follow the election results in Istanbul, and after addressing a news conference there, he will head to the capital Ankara, the president said.

Sunday’s polls mark the first local elections in Turkey under the new presidential government system, adopted in an April 2017 referendum.

Voting started at 7 a.m. local time (0400GMT) and will continue through 4 p.m. local time (1300GMT) in 32 out of Turkey’s 81 provinces.

In the remaining provinces, polling stations have opened at 8 a.m. local time (0050GMT) and will close at 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT).

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