Turkish election board begins to apply election restrictions

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board begins implementation of pre-election restrictions ahead of Nov. 1 early election

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

List of political parties seen in the file photo

Turkey’s pre-election restrictions and free campaign rights were put in practice by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Thursday for the 26th parliamentary elections on Nov. 1.

According to YSK, free propaganda and certain restrictions will end the day before election on Nov. 1 at 6:00 pm local time, (1500GMT).

The political parties and independent candidates participating in the election will be eligible to make written or visual propaganda through media outlets, internet or advertisements until the deadline.

However, the parties and candidates will not be able to send emails, voice messages, visual or text messages to cell phones or land lines  of citizens, however they will be able to send it to members of their parties.

In the time frame of 10 days before the election, public opinion polls, surveys, forecasts and mini-referendums are not allowed by YSK to be published against or in favor of any political party that would influence voters.

The prime minister, ministers and deputies will not be able to carry out election propaganda with official vehicles in addition to the use of government funds.  None of the public employees will be able to join the candidates during their campaign.

TRTWorld, AA