Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) and Ministry of Interior Affairs have announced final restrictions and precautionary measures on Wednesday ahead of the country’s June 7 general elections.
“Starting from tomorrow, YSK put a ban on broadcasting surveys and forecasts about the election in written and visual media,” stated the Radio and Television High Council (RTUK). Restrictions in broadcasting will begin on May 28 and continues until June 6, a day before the elections.
The Ministry of Interior Affairs announced it canceled the vacations of law enforcement officers’ to provide a secure atmosphere on the day of elections.
In Istanbul and Ankara nearly 70 thousand police officers will be on duty. “Motorized and foot patrols will take measures around the polling stations to avoid all kinds of incidents that may threaten the safety of the election,” ministry officials said.
As the vote counting may continue into the late hours, improvements in technical systems and measures to prevent electrical breakdowns have been made to avoid any unexpected interruptions.
All public amusement centers will be closed and no alcoholic beverages will be served in public places until voting ends on June 7.
MOBESE (Mobile Electronic System Integration) cameras will be stationed to detect possible crimes.
The results of the elections will be announced on June 7 after 5 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT) and sent to political party members participating in Turkey’s general elections.
Armored cars and helicopters will be used when needed to transfer the votes.
On June 7 2015, voters will elect 550 members of the Turkish parliament from 20 political parties. This will be the country's 25th general election.
Since 2007, parliamentary elections are held every four years.