More than 1 mln Turks living abroad cast votes in general election

More than 1 million Turkish expats living abroad have cast their votes in the June 7 parliamentary election so far.
According to media reports, a total of 1,030,000 Turks living in various parts of the world have cast their votes. Based on the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decision, the voting process started on May 16 and ended as of 7:00 p.m. on Sunday in the United States. Turks living in the US cast their votes at ballot boxes installed at the Turkish Embassy in Washington and Turkeyand’s consulate generals in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Miami.
In the US, where more than 90,000 Turks reside, 17,805 Turkish citizens cast their votes between May 16 and May 31. Accordingly, the percentage of those who took part in the election was determined to be 19.6 percent from across the US.
The ballots cast will be sent to Turkey via diplomatic couriers.
In European countries, the voting period started on May 8 for Turkish expats living in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and Switzerland on May 22 in Norway on May 29 in Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Italy and on May 30 in Greece and Macedonia, while Turkish expats in Sweden cast their ballots on May 31.
Turkish citizens living in Germany voted at Turkish consulates and other locations determined by the YSK in prominent German cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Hannover, Dusseldorf and Nuremberg. Germany has the largest number of Turks voting from Europe, and the voting in Germany is considered by many to be the most significant of those held overseas.
Almost 2.9 million Turks living abroad — with nearly half of them in Germany — are eligible to vote, according to the YSK.
In Austria, 170,000 Turkish nationals are eligible to vote in the general election, while there are 92,000 in Switzerland and there are an estimated 130,000 Turkish nationals in Belgium.
The voting period ended as of 7:00 p.m. on Sunday across Europe. The votes cast will be sent via special planes on June 2.
The voting process has ended at embassies and consulate generals, but Turkish citizens are still able to cast their votes at border gates until the day of the general election, June 7.
The upcoming general election is not the first time Turkish citizens have been able to participate in a Turkish election while living outside of Turkey. Turks abroad were also able to vote in the August 2014 presidential election however, their turnout was lower than expected, with votes from abroad making up just 5 percent of the total result.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman