Turks across Middle East cast ballots in expat vote

Turkish expatriates in Sudan, Qatar and Lebanon vote in hotly-contested presidential and parliamentary polls

Turks across Middle East cast ballots in expat vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish expatriates in several Middle Eastern countries cast ballots on Saturday in presidential and parliamentary polls that will be held in Turkey on June 24.

Irfan Neziroglu, Turkey’s ambassador to Sudan, said that voting had begun at 9.00 a.m. local time at the Turkish embassy in Khartoum.

“Turkish expatriates have two days to vote, during which time we expect some 900 people to cast ballots,” Neziroglu said.

Turkey’s embassy in Qatari capital Doha also opened its doors to voters at 9 a.m. local time, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents.

Predicting high voter turnout, Turkish Ambassador to Qatar Fekret Ozer told Anadolu Agency that the small Arab Gulf state was home to about 3,000 Turkish registered voters.

In Lebanese capital Beirut, meanwhile, hundreds of Turkish voters turned out to vote Saturday morning.

Bilal Fattah, a Turkish electoral official in Beirut, predicted that roughly 1,500 out of almost 5,000 Turkish registered voters would cast ballots.

“This is the third time I have taken part in elections at the embassy,” Muhammed, a Turkish national who lives in Beirut said.

“It’s my national duty; it will determine the fate of my country,” Muhammed, who declined to give his last name, said.

More than three million Turkish expatriates worldwide are expected to take part in the overseas vote at more than 100 polling stations -- most of which are located in Turkish embassies and consulates -- in 60 countries.

Six candidates are running in Turkey’s presidential race, while eight political parties are vying for 600 seats in parliament.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2018, 09:29