AES officials visit earthquake-hit provinces to oversee preparations for voting procedures
At least 133,000 people affected by February’s devastating earthquakes in southern Turkey will vote outside their towns, the head of the country’s Supreme Electoral Council said today.
Presidential and parliamentary elections are set for May 14, three months after powerful earthquakes struck ten provinces in southern Turkey, killing at least 50,000 people and leaving millions more homeless.
AES officials are visiting the earthquake-hit provinces to oversee preparations for voting procedures, its head, Ahmet Gener, told reporters.
“About 133,000 voters from the earthquake zone have transferred their voting rights to other areas, and 600,000 voters in total have transferred their voting rights to Turkey as a whole,” Gener said.
The AEC has said there are no obstacles to holding elections in the quake-hit zone, and has announced additional measures such as placing ballot boxes for voters in temporary accommodation and allowing those who have fled to easily change their registered address.
President Tayyip Erdogan faces his biggest political challenge in more than two decades to lead Turkey, with the latest polls showing him trailing Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the candidate of the main opposition alliance, the National Alliance.
More than 64 million Turkish citizens, 3.4 million of them abroad, are registered on the electoral rolls, Gener said. The total population of Turkey is around 85 million.
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