Voting process ends across Turkey

Polls in Turkey have been closed after millions of Turks casted votes in parliamentary election

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The polls for Turkey’s eagerly awaited 25th general elections opened up for voting at 8:00 a.m. (0600GMT) and closed at 17:00 p.m. (1500GMT) on Sunday.

More than 53 million people were eligible to take part in electing the 550 new members of parliament.

In total 174,240 polling stations were set up across Turkey for Sunday’s election.

Nearly one million Turkish citizens living abroad had been voting for over the past 20 days  at 122 embassies and consulates and are still eligible to vote at airports in Turkey until June 7.

A total of 20 parties competed in the elections, however, opinion polls have predicted that only four parties are mostly likely to pass the 10 percent threshold- the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) as well as the People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

Parliamentary voting is a legal obligation in Turkey, as it is in Australia, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Mexico, parts of Switzerland.


Voting turnout in Turkey is one of the highest in the world, according to data by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

The last general election was in 2011 with a voter turnout was 83.16 percent.

An old man displaying vote card as he prepares to cast his vote. 

A bride posing with her vote papers before casting her vote on her wedding day. 

A disabled voter casting his ballot with help of a volunteer. 

TRTWorld and agencies