Turkish nationals living abroad begins to cast votes for June election

COLOGNE: Turkish citizens who live abroad began to cast their votes at Turkish representation offices in general elections which will be held on June 7.

In Germany, around 1, 4 million Turkish expats will be able to cast their votes at 13 consulate buildings between May 8 and 31.

Turkish Ambassador to Cologne Huseyin Emre Engin stated that the percentage of turnout was 8-9 in the previous election and the number of the voters is expected to increase with the new system. Engin said the voting begin at 13 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. each day, including weekends and public holidays for the next 24 days.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been holding rallies across Turkey will address to Turkish nationals on May 10 in Germany and Belgium.

Nearly 3 million Turks living abroad are eligible to vote and 90 percent of them live in these four European countries. Around 1.4 million of them are in Germany, home to nearly 3 million Turks, while up to 1 million voters are based in other European countries and smaller numbers of voters are in the United States, Asia, Africa and Oceania.