Delayed summertime to begin overnight in Turkey

Daylight saving time beginning a day late in Turkey due to local elections.

Delayed summertime to begin overnight in Turkey

World Bulletin/News Desk

The clocks across Turkey will be put forward for an hour beginning from 3am on March 31 a day later than the rest of Europe.

The daylight saving time will begin a day late in accordance with a Council of Ministers decision due to elections across Turkey so that voters would not be confused on election day.

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

Daylight savings time was first used in countries such as Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom during World War I to conserve coal.

Turkey adopted daylight saving time to keep its clocks in sync with those of European countries and to decrease the demand for electricity in the early evening hours.

Last Mod: 30 Mart 2014, 12:34
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