Turkey polls open at customs gates

Polls for the general elections have opened in several of Turkey’s border gates and points of entry into the country.

Turkey polls open at customs gates
Polls for the general elections have opened in several of Turkey’s border gates and points of entry into the country.

As of early this morning, Turkish citizens living abroad were able to cast their vote at the Ataturk, Sabiha Gokcen, Esenboga, Adnan Menderes, Antalya, Sakirpasa and Erkilet airports; at the Kapıkule, Ipsala, Cilvegozu, Sarp and Habur border gates; and at the ports of Izmir Cesme and Tasucu.

The first votes at Adana Airport’s international terminal were cast by Turkish citizens on Turkish Airlines’ Cologne-Adana flight number TK-5678. Perihan Okcal, one of the Turkish passengers, said the last time she voted was 20 years ago. “After many years I am casting a vote again. I hope these elections will benefit the nation,” Okcal said.

A restaurant owner in Hanover, Muhammet Uslu, said he came to Turkey both to visit his family and to cast a vote. Uslu noted that the ballots aren’t as long as people think. Voter passports were and will be stamped by authorities.

Turkish citizens or dual citizens who are not registered in Turkey’s electoral base, have lived abroad for more than six months, and are at least 18 years of age will be able to vote at Custom gates while leaving or entering Turkey between June 25 and July 22. Polls will be open 24 hours at Customs gates until the closing time on July 22 set by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) for polls in the region.
Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2007, 12:00
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