Ankara, 13 May 2023 (Anadolu )
61m Turkish from 87 electoral districts across Turkiye are registered and eligible to use their right of vote to elect president and 600 members On Sunday, 14 th May.
About 8.9 million voters are registered in the earthquake zone. 1.7 m overseas Turkish registered voters, which are 53% of total registered voters living abroad have already cast their votes in their respective host countries.
Supreme Election Council (YSK) Chairman, Ahmet Yener on Friday told Anadolu, Turkiye Official News Agency that preparations are complete to hold presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, with “all measures” taken to ensure security throughout the election process.
He said that “All measures and precautions with regards to our technological infrastructure and against possible power cuts and cyberattacks have been taken, and necessary trial tests have been carried out,” Supreme Election Council (YSK) Chairman Ahmet Yener said on Frida.
On the presidential ballot, voters will choose between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking reelection, main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and Sinan Ogan. Muharrem Ince, another presidential contender, withdrew from the race on Thursday.
24 political parties and 151 independent candidates are vying for seats in the 600-member Turkish parliament.
He said that “all measures have been taken by the YSK, our provincial and district election boards” to ensure a healthy and safe environment during the polls, Yener said preparations were complete and everything going according to schedule.
He said that for the first time, fold-over templates will be available for visually impaired voters to help them mark their desired presidential candidate and political party, Yener said.
Describing the May 14 elections as a “festival of democracy,” he urged “all citizens with the right to vote to safely go to the polls and cast their ballots.”
Yener advised the voters to carry identification with them when they go to vote and said unofficial results will be announced by the YSK on election day.
Parties’ officials to approve tally reports
As one measure ensuring the integrity of the elections, Yener said every member of committees serving at each ballot box across the country will have to sign off on the tally for their ballot box.
Each of these committees will include representatives of the political parties competing in the polls, he said, with the parties also to receive scanned copies of the official ballot box tallies sent to their headquarters.
Under Turkish law, parties can file objections and complaints against the tallies, Yener added. “All these mechanisms will be in operation throughout the election and our elections will being concluded securely.”
Earthquake zone ready for election
Yener told that container areas have been set up in yards of schools in the Southern Turkiye’s earthquake affected areas, and all necessary measures have been taken for our voters to cast their votes safely.
For uprooted quake survivors currently living in other provinces, Yener said they were allowed to register their addresses at their current place of residence so they could cast their votes.
“Currently, about 8.9 million voters are registered in the earthquake zone. Everything is ready. All measure have been taken to ensure that the voters can vote safely,” he said.
Overseas votes safe and secure
Yener also touched on overseas voting, which ended on Tuesday. Noting an increase in the number of voters casting their ballots outside the country, he said turnout was at 53%.
After the polls at overseas voting stations were closed, these ballots were transported safely to the capital Ankara under the protection of five separate locks, said the YSK chief.
One of the keys is held by the chairman of the Foreign District Election Board, while the other four are in the hands of political parties, he added.
The votes will start being counted at 5.00 p.m. local time (1400GMT) on Sunday, as the voting process comes to an end across Türkiye.
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