Turkey’s election board rejects transfer of ballot boxes

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (SEB) rejects requests for transfer of ballot boxes to other districts for Nov. 1 early election despite security concerns

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The Supreme Election Board (SEB) of Turkey on Saturday rejected requests to transfer ballot boxes, despite security concerns in the country’s east and southeast where the outlawed PKK has been carrying out terror attacks.

In the run up to the Nov. 1 early election a number of local election boards requested that ballot boxes to be transferred to other districts in recent weeks.

The move came after nearly 150 areas of 15 eastern and southeastern provinces were declared special security zones by governors' offices due to escalating PKK terror attacks.

Issuing a statement after Saturday’s meeting, the SEB said that the majority of its members voted against transferring the polling sites to other areas.

The transfer of ballot boxes was reportedly requested by local election boards in some regions of the Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Bitlis, Hakkari, Sanliurfa and Batman provinces where intesified PKK terror attacks have been witnessed in recent weeks.

The PKK - which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU - has killed at least 134 Turkish security officials and more than 30 civilians in attacks since June.

TRTWorld, AA