Turnout high among Turkish citizens voting in US

Over 7.000 Turkish citizens living in US have gone to polls for general election since Oct. 17

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish ambassador to US Serdar Kilic is seen as casting his vote in Washington.

Updated Oct 23, 2015

More than 7.000 Turkish voters living in the United States have casted their votes in two days since the voting stations were opened in the country on Oct. 17.

Turkish citizens in US can vote at voting centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Miami, apart from the one in Turkish Embassy in Washington DC until Oct. 23.

There are ninety one thousand eligible voters living in the US. 

Turkish ambassador to US Serdar Kilic said on Monday, ‘’We are really pleased with our citizens’ high level of participation in the election,’’ while he emphasized that almost three times more people have participated in the election compared to the figures in the earlier election. 

In New York, which holds the biggest number of Turkish citizens, almost 2,500 people voted over the weekend.

Turks in Europe form long queues to vote

In the meantime, Turkish citizens living in Europe formed long lines over the weekend to be able to cast their votes.

Accordingly, the citizens complained about the insufficient number of voting centers and their inconvenient locations.

In Europe, almost 500,000 Turkish citizens have reportedly gone to polls so far.

Turkish officials in Germany stated that they earlier called on Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) to increase the number of voting districts. However, the YSK did not accept the demands due to the election security concerns.

Voting for Turkey’s Nov. 1 early election started on Oct. 8 at all border gates of Turkey for citizens living abroad.

Ballot boxes were placed at Kapikule, Hamzabeyli, Ipsala and Derekoy gates of the western border that connects Turkey to Bulgaria and Greece.

Dilucu and Sarp gates were also opened in Turkey’s northeastern and eastern border.

The voting for 26th parliamentary election will take place in Turkey on Nov. 1 until 5:00 pm. 


TRTWorld and agencies