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Voting ends in Turkiye's presidential, parliamentary elections

May 14, 2023 at 3:35 pm

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station for presidential and parliamentary elections in Tekirdag, Turkiye on May 14, 2023. [Fırat Çakır – Anadolu Agency]

Polling stations across Turkiye closed on Sunday as voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections ended at 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT), Anadolu reports.

More than 64.1 million people were registered to vote, including over 1.76 million who cast their ballots abroad and 4.9 million first-time voters.

A total of 191,885 ballot boxes were set up for voters in the country.

Every voter cast two ballots, one for the president and the other for parliamentarians, both of whom will serve five-year terms.

Ballot counting has begun to determine the outcome of a three-way race between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and Sinan Ogan.

Muharrem Ince, another presidential contender, withdrew on Thursday.

More than 30 political parties and over 150 independent parliamentary candidates competed in the elections.

There were five multiparty blocs in the running: the People’s Alliance, Nation Alliance, Ancestral Alliance, Labor and Freedom Alliance, and Union of Socialist Forces Alliance.

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