Turkish citizens in Australia vote ahead of Turkey’s June 7 general election

Turkey’s June 7 general election starts Friday in Australia with Turkish citizens casting ballots abroad

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Citizens of Turkey living in Australia went to polling stations on May 8 to become the first to cast their ballots ahead of Turkey’s June 7 general election.

Polling stations in Australia opened at 10.00 am (1.00 GMT) and will close at 7.00 pm.

Turkey's Supreme Election Board had announced earlier that 112 polling stations would be opened in 54 countries to serve the almost 3 million Turkish nationals living abroad.

Melahat Ozkan - the first person to vote at the Turkish Consulate General in Melbourne, one of three stations including the Embassy in Canberra and Consulate General in Sydney - expressed her excitement about voting for the first time in Australia.  

After arriving at the ballot in the morning, she told Anadolu Agency, "may the election be beneficial and lucky for our country and state."

She added, "like every citizen, we want the very best for our homeland and people. God willing there will only be better days after this for our homeland."

Turks living in Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be eligible to vote from May 8 to May 31.

Polling stations for Turkish citizens living outside the country, who will cast their votes at border-crossing points, will be open until June 7.

Five hundred and fifty members of parliament from 20 political parties are competing in the country's 25th general election.