ANKARA Citizens head to the polls around across Turkey on June 24 in snap presidential and parliamentary elections to elect 600 lawmakers and the country’s first president with broad executive powers. The voting process for 56.3 million registered citizens will be held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time at 180,065 ballot boxes in all 81 provinces of Turkey. Some 1.65 million registered citizens will be casting their first votes in the snap election, which will herald a switch to a new powerful executive presidency narrowly approved in a controversial referendum last year, marred by allegations of fraud. For the first time, the presidential and parliamentary ballots will be placed in a single envelope. While two broad electoral alliances are entering the parliamentary elections, six names are running for the presidential office. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is up for the seat from the “People’s Alliance,” racing on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). IN PHOTOS: Opposition’s vow ‘admission of defeat’, Erdoğan says in campaign finale Muharrem İnce is running from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and jailed Selahattin Demirtaş is running from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party… Read full this story
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