Turkish people begins cast their votes in 26th term parliamentary elections

Turkish people have begun to cast their vote to determine 26th term deputies in parliamentary elections. People have flocked to the balloting booths in the early hours of Monday and whished well results for Turkish nations.

Turkish voters started to cast their ballots for choosing 550 parliament members in the Turkish capital of İstanbul at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Sunday.

When the clocks showed 07 am people living Turkish provinces such as Adiyaman, Agri, Artvin, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gumushane, Hakkari, Kars, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Mardin, Mus, Ordu, Rize, Siirt, Sivas, Trabzon, Tunceli, Sanliurfa, Van, Bayburt, Batman, Sirnak, Ardahan, Igdir ve Kilis went to the balloting boxes. Balloting is scheduled to end at 4 pm at those cities. People in the other cities have begun casting their votes at 08 am and balloting is scheduled to end at 5pm.

The Turkish general election of November 2015 began throughout the 85 electoral districts of Turkey to elect 550 members to the Grand National Assembly. It is the 25th general election in the history of the Turkish Republic and will elect the country’s 26th Parliament.

The snap election was called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 24 August 2015 after coalition negotiations between the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition broke down, amid claims that a vast number of AKP politicians favoured calling an early election rather than going into coalition. The previous general election held in June 2015 had resulted in a hung parliament, with the AKP falling 18 seats short of a majority. The election, which was dubbed as a ‘re-run’ of the inconclusive June election by Erdogan, will be the 7th early election in the history of Turkish multi-party politics and the first to be overseen by an interim election government. The election will render the 25th Parliamentary session, elected in June 2015, the shortest in the Grand National Assembly’s history, lasting for just five months and being in session for a total of 33 hours.

The election have begun amid security concerns after an escalation of violence predominantly in the south-east of the country. A ceasefire between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fell apart in July after the government authorised airstrikes against both Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants Syria and PKK militants in Northern Iraq. This was in response to a suicide bombing in Suruc, believed to be perpetrated by ISIL, that killed 32 activists on 20 July. The conflict led to over 200 deaths of both civilians and military personnel in three months, with the situation in the mainly Kurdish south-east being described as ‘a worsening bloodshed’. This led to security concerns being raised over whether an election could be peacefully held in the region, while the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) was accused of deliberately sparking the conflict to both win back votes from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and to decrease the turnout in the south-eastern Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) strongholds. The election was preceded by the deadliest terrorist attack in Turkey’s modern history, after two suicide bombers killed 102 people attending a peace rally in central Ankara. Numerous political parties, notably the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), ended up either entirely cancelling or significantly toning down their election campaigns following the attack.

The election was predominately fought over the issues of terrorism and national security. Nevertheless, public polling and media commentators have indicated that they do not expect a different result to the June 2015 election, with some even speculating that a second early vote could possibly be held during 2016. Fehmi Demir, the leader of the Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR), was killed in a traffic accident six days before the election.


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