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Turkey's election delays summertime
Turkey's election delays summertime

Turks' clocks go forward a day late this year due to voting on March 30

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's local elections are having one unusual consequence this year - by delaying Turks from putting their clocks forward for summer.

Clocks in Turkey are going forward one hour at 3am on Monday, March 31, as the country marks the shift to summer time. However, in accordance with a Council of Ministers decision published in the Official Journal on February 16, daylight saving time will begin a day late this year due to the local elections scheduled for Sunday, March 30.

Time shifts are usually scheduled for midnight after a weekend to lessen disruption to the weekday schedule.

"This decision was taken so as to prevent any vote losses," said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz. 

Clocks will be set back an hour at 4am on Sunday, October 26. 

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