The polls close in the second round of the Turkish presidential elections

The polls throughout Turkey have closed at 5:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. GMT) this Sunday after remaining open for nine hours in the second round of the presidential elections, disputed between the current president, the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the social-democratic opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Some 61 million people were summoned to the polls in a day that has passed in general calm, despite some isolated incidents and complaints of irregularities by the opposition.

“The second round of voting is over.

So far we have not received any negative information affecting the elections. Requests and complaints about irregularities will be studied,” the president of the Election Commission (YSK), Ahmet Yener, told local media, without yet revealing any figures on possible results, nor on attendance at the polls.

In the first round, held on May 14, in which Erdogan won with 49.5%, compared to Kili├ždaroglu’s 44.9, the participation in the country reached 89%, although it remained at 86% if the more than three million citizens residing abroad also enter into the calculation.

Although today there have been much fewer queues at the polling stations, this is not necessarily due to a lower turnout, but rather to the fact that today’s vote, by choosing only between two candidates and without a ballot for parliamentary seats , developed faster.

The social democratic party CHP, the largest in the opposition, has denounced a series of incidents and local confrontations, although on a scale that initially does not seem capable of affecting the result.

“There weren’t many negative aspects until about three in the afternoon (two hours before the polls closed). Then we saw provocations. Now is the time to protect the votes,” said the chairwoman of the Social Democratic CHP party in Esetambul, Canan Kaftancioglu. .

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“I appeal to the public to follow up on their ballots in each ballot box. Make sure that the votes that come out of the ballot box are the ones that you placed in it,” he insisted.

It is expected that the count will end in a few hours, and although the law provides that the results of the scrutiny cannot be disseminated before 9:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT), the Electoral Commission will probably lift the veto before that time, as it already did in the first round.

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