Turkey heads to polls in presidential, parliamentary elections today

Turkey’s citizens head to the polls across the country on Sunday in snap presidential and parliamentary elections to elect 600 lawmakers and Turkey’s first president with broad executive powers.

The voting process for 56.3 million registered citizens is scheduled to be held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time at 180,065 ballot boxes in all 81 provinces of Turkey.

While two broad electoral alliances are entering the parliamentary elections, six names are running for the presidential office. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is up for the seat from the People’s Alliance, racing on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Muharrem Ince is running from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Selahattin Demirtas is running for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

IYI (Good) Party leader Meral Aksener, Felicity Party (SP) leader Temel Karamollaoglu and Patriotic Party (VP) leader Dogu Perincek are also running for the post after collecting 100,000 signatures from citizens to be nominated.

In the parliamentary run, the AKP-MHP bloc will be up against the Nation Alliance, an electoral formation including the CHP, IYI Party, and the SP.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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