Around half a million Turkish expats vote in election

More than 500,000 Turkish citizens living abroad have cast their ballots in the elections scheduled for May 14 at home in four days, according to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) representative to the Supreme Election Council (YSK).

Recep Özel’s tweet came as Türkiye prepares for its election on May 14, which will decide the country’s 13th president and parliamentary seats.

More than 3.4 million Turkish citizens living abroad are eligible to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections, around 277,000 of whom are first-time voters.

Turkish citizens can cast their votes without needing to book an appointment until May 9 at designated election bureaus and May 14 at border gates on 156 points across 73 countries, the YSK says.

Foreign representative offices serve Turkish expats between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the local time on weekdays and weekends and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in local time in cities affiliated with the consulate generals.

In the event that the presidential election goes to the second round, citizens will cast votes between May 20 and 24 at the designated offices.