After the polls closed in the parliamentary and presidential elections throughout Turkey this evening (Sunday), the sorting process began in all polling stations.
And the Turkish News Agency (Anatolia) confirmed the closure of the ballot boxes and the start of sorting in the parliamentary and presidential elections throughout Turkey, indicating that the Supreme Elections Authority lifted the ban on electoral publishing, starting at 18:30 local time.
The agency quoted the head of the Turkish Supreme Election Commission, Ahmed Yanar, as saying: The voting process in the presidential and parliamentary elections ended without any problems.
At five o’clock in the afternoon, the voting process in the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections ended, while polling stations and boxes were closed throughout Turkey, amid a very high participation rate.
24 political parties and 151 independent candidates are running in the electoral race, while the Turkish Supreme Election Commission has taken various measures in the 11 states affected by the earthquake on February 6, to conduct the elections properly in prefabricated centers designated for that.
And through 191,884 ballot boxes in 973 districts across the country, about 60 million Turks cast their votes today to elect their thirteenth president, in addition to members of the 600-seat parliament, and 3 million and 416 thousand and 98 Turkish expatriate voters cast their votes in foreign representations in 73 countries, which Voting ended on the ninth of May.
The polling stations witnessed a large turnout amid great security restrictions. According to Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, about 601,000 security personnel participated in securing the elections.
It is noteworthy that the elections witnessed a ban on bringing mobile phones and cameras into the voting place, and directives to leave these devices at the polling booth committee to retrieve them after the end of the voting process, and it was also forbidden to provide news, forecasts and comments on the election results on radio and all types of broadcasting devices until this evening (Saturday), which It was announced at its end that the ban had been lifted.