Monday, May 15, 2023, 5:41 p.m
Ahmet Yener, president of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK), officially confirmed on Monday, May 15 that no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, so a second round of voting will be held. be organized on May 28, 2023 between the first two ranked, that is, the acting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leader of the opposition, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, which is a first in the modern history of Turkey, Anadolu agency informs.
According to the provisional results, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan obtained 49.51 percent of the votes, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu 44.88 percent, Sinan Oğan 5.17 percent and Muharrem İnce 0.44 percent.
The last candidate, Muharrem Ince, withdrew from the presidential race three days before the election, but because the ballots had already been printed, he was still on the ballot.
Yener stated that by Monday at 3:15 p.m. local time, all ballot boxes in Turkey had been opened and the domestic participation rate was 88.92 percent.
In the diaspora, the voter turnout was 52.69%, but from abroad there are still 35,874 votes to be entered in the database of the Electoral Council, but they will no longer be able to influence the final result of the elections.
“If we accept that all 35,874 votes, which were still not entered into the system at 15:15, were given to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, one of the candidates in the first two places, it can be seen that the vote rate of Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is of 49.54%, and if we accept that all 35,874 votes were given to Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, it can be seen that he received 44.85% of the votes. Thus, none of the candidates qualified to be elected, as stipulated in Article 4 of Law no. 6271 and it was decided by our Council to organize the second round elections on Sunday, May 28, 2023, according to the previously announced electoral calendar,” Ahmet Yener said.
He stated that the second round of the presidential elections will take place for the first time in Turkey.
After the announcement of the final results, voting abroad will begin on May 20.
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