Turkish Polls Going on Smoothly: Independent Observers

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Sunday that no discrepancies were reported during the elections so far.

The delegation started its on-site observation in Lieutenant Kalmaz Primary School in capital Ankara.

Speaking to reporters, Ambassador Audrey Glover, head of the election observer delegation, said they will continue following the polls closely till the end.

“There are no obstacles to the OSCE delegation, and we continue to observe the elections in the methodology we employ all the time,” she said.

The delegation will hold a press briefing at the Sheraton Hotel in Ankara at 3.00 p.m. local time (1200GMT) on Monday.

Portable ballot boxes go to sickly, elderly voters in Turkey elections for the first time

 In an unprecedented move, “portable ballot boxes” found their way to the homes of the sickly and elderly in Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections being held on Sunday.

With the introduction of portable ballot boxes, disabled, sickly and elderly voters were able to cast their votes in the comfort of their homes with the help of officers of the election board. Over17,000 voters registered for services of mobile ballot boxes, after complying with requirements of the Supreme Election Council.

The voters had to present a medical report explaining their reason for being unable to come to polling stations.

Grateful citizens, who conveyed their previous hardships in elections, thanked officials for the portable ballot box system.

Six candidates are running for president: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the alliance (People’s Alliance) formed by Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the MHP, Muharrem Ince for CHP, Selahattin Demirtas for HDP, Meral Aksener for the Good (IYI) Party, Temel Karamollaoglu for the Felicity (Saadet) Party, and Dogu Perinçek for the Patriotic (Vatan) Party.