Due to the fact that the candidates did not receive an absolute majority in the Presidential election held on May 14, Turkey goes to the polls again to determine the new president.
Voting for the second presidential election, which will take place for the first time in Turkish political history, will continue until 17.00.
191,885 ballot boxes will be set up in 973 districts and 1094 district election boards throughout the country for the election in which the president of Turkey who will serve for 5 years will be determined. More than 60 million voters will vote in the election.
The presidential candidate of the People’s Alliance, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the presidential candidate of the Nation Alliance, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, will compete in the election.
Voting will end at 17:00. However, even though it is 17.00, the voters waiting to cast their votes at the ballot box will cast their votes in turn after being counted by the president.
Voters will be able to vote with one of the official documents with the Republic of Turkey Identity Number on it, which reveals their identity without hesitation.
It will not be mandatory to bring a voter information sheet showing where the voter will vote. Those who did not receive the voter information sheet will be able to learn where and in which ballot box they will vote on the website of the Supreme Election Board (YSK).
It will be forbidden to enter the voting place with video recorders or communication devices such as mobile phones, cameras or film cameras. Such devices will be left to the ballot box committee to be returned after the voting process is over.
After choosing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the presidential candidates on the ballot, the voters will put the ballot in the envelope and put it in the ballot box.
After the end of the voting process, the counting and breakdown of the votes will be made.
Mobile ballot boxes will be created in this election for voters who are bedridden due to their illness or disability. These voters will be able to cast their votes in mobile ballot boxes.
In addition, visually impaired people will be able to vote in this election with the template prepared for them, as was implemented on 14 May.
Voting process continues at customs
Ballot box committees were established at 167 points in 151 representative offices in 73 countries for approximately 3.5 million voters registered in the overseas electoral roll.
Voting at the overseas representations ended on May 24. Voting procedures at the customs gates of those who could not vote within the specified time in their country of residence will continue until 17.00 today.
The ballot papers used abroad were brought to Turkey by planes and diplomatic couriers. The votes stored in the Overseas District Election Board in Ankara ATO Congresium will be opened and counted simultaneously with the other votes after the completion of the voting process throughout the country.
Closed polling stations will be in a way that will ensure the secrecy of the votes and the voters to cast their votes with complete freedom, and will not allow the inside to be observed from the outside.
Members of the party committee, candidates and observers (observers) at the ballot box will not be able to wear badges, emblems or any sign that indicates their party.
Before taking office, the chairman and members of the ballot box committee will take an oath before the ballot box and check that the ballot box is empty.
The order in the ballot box area will be ensured by the chairman of the ballot box committee. The President will warn those who attempt to disrupt the order, and those who do not listen to the warning will be able to leave the ballot box.
The measures to be taken in the ballot box area will not be such as to prevent voters from watching the ballot box operations.
Pregnant women, the sick, the disabled and the elderly will be given priority during the voting process.
No one will be able to interfere, suggest or advise the voter at the ballot box about the vote they will cast. Voters will leave the ballot box after casting their votes.
Election day bans
Within the scope of election bans, alcoholic beverages will not be sold from 06.00 to 24.00, and it will be prohibited to give and drink alcoholic beverages in public places. Entertainment venues will remain closed during the voting period, and only meals will be allowed in restaurants that are entertainment venues.
The wedding can be held after 18.00, provided that the election bans and the specified rules are followed.
No one will be able to carry weapons other than those who are in charge of maintaining security and order. Radios and all kinds of broadcasting organs will not be able to make news, predictions and comments on the election and election results until 18:00 today. Only news and communiqués to be given by the YSK about the election can be broadcast between 18.00 and 21.00 on radios and all kinds of broadcasting organs.
All broadcasts will be released after 21:00, but if deemed necessary by the YSK, it may be decided to release broadcasts before 21:00.
In which cases will the votes be considered invalid?
Votes that are not stamped “Yes” or “Preference” and stamped on more than one candidate will be invalid.
Tearing or tearing the ballot paper in such a way that its integrity is destroyed, printing any special sign, name, signature stamp or fingerprint on the ballot, other than the seal or instead of the seal, will also invalidate the vote.
In addition, if the ballot paper is clearly scribbled, scratched or marked, or if there is any item in the envelope that serves as a sign, the votes will be deemed invalid.
Source: TRT Haber