The nation heads to the polls on June 24 to elect both their new president and new members of parliament. A new system for Turkish politics, an executive presidency, will also come into effect with the elections.
Turkey is holding parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, more than a year ahead of the scheduled date of November 2019.
The elections will also bring an executive presidency as a governance system, changing the current parliamentary system as part of implementing the decision of a referendum held on the issue last year.
A total of 11 parties will contest the polls, including the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which set up an alliance with the AK Party.
The other parties set to compete are the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Felicity (Saadet) Party, Grand Unity Party (BBP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Democrat Party (DP), Patriotic (Vatan) Party, Free Cause (Huda-Par) Party, and newly formed Iyi (Good) Party.
The AK Party, MHP and BBP announced incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as their joint candidate.
The CHP nominated Muharrem Ince as its presidential candidate while the HDP picked Selahattin Demirtas as its candidate.
Dogu Perincek of the Patriotic Party, Temel Karamollaoglu from the Felicity Party and the only woman, Meral Aksener, from the Good Party are running as the independent candidates for the president's office.
HDP applied for its jailed presidential candidate to be released before next month's election, saying "the imprisonment of a candidate violated electoral law and jeopardised voter freedom" in a statement.
Demirtas has also won support from some other opposition candidates, even from nationalist Aksener.
"He is not someone who has been convicted," Aksener told reporters. "Let's say he is freed three months after elections, how will Turkey explain the competitive inequality during the campaigning period then?"
Erdogan received CHP presidential candidate Ince in a meeting at AK Party headquarters in Ankara. It lasted for 40 minutes.
AK Party Group Deputy Chairman Mustafa Elitas and CHP Group Deputy Chairman Engin Altay also participated in the meeting.
After the meeting, Ince told reporters that he spoke with Erdogan and wished him and his party success in the forthcoming elections.
Elitas said Erdogan and Ince had a friendly conversation and wished each other success.
The CHP's presidential candidate Muharrem Ince visited HDP's jailed candidate Selahattin Demirtas ahead of an election rally in Edirne province.
Demirtas was arrested on charges of terrorism in 2016.
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said social media campaigns using bots' accounts would not come up with any results, referring to the "tamam" (“enough” in Turkish) Twitter storm.
"We believe that the Turkish nation will say 'keep going' instead ... who will head to the polls and will decide at the end," Kalin said during a press conference in Ankara.
Many Twitter users posted tweets with the hashtag "tamam" after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “If one day our nation says 'enough', then we will step aside," in a speech in parliament.
Erdogan supporters responded swiftly with the counter hashtag devam (keep going).
The parties which have at least 20 seats in the Turkish parliament informed Turkey's electoral board officially about their candidates for the presidency.
The main opposition party CHP, the newly formed Good Party, the Felicity Party, and the Democrat Party announce they are setting up an alliance for the elections dubbed Nation's Alliance.
Earlier, the AK Party and MHP had announced their electoral alliance for the polls, named People's Alliance.