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How Erdogan’s supporters manipulated the turkish vote in the presidential election


Even from yesterday ,23th of June, the BBC’s Turkish correspondent tweeted a video on Sunday which allegedly showed ballot stuffing at a polling station in Urfa – the video was not independently verified.

Two main candidates posing a tough challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections have cast their votes and vowed vigilance amid fears of possible fraud.

Erdogan and his ruling party are the seen as the front runners in the dual polls but for the first time in his 15-year-rule, the Turkish leader is facing a united and more energized opposition.

Rallies by Muharrem Ince of the secular opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, have drawn massive crowds, while Meral Aksener of the newly-formed nationalist Good Party is trying to attract conservative votes away from Erdogan’s ruling party.

Just before the end of the counting, Muharrem Ince tweeted that only 37 percent of ballot boxes had actually been counted when Anadolu Agency reported Sunday that more than 85 percent were tallied.

Dokuz 8 News, an independent outlet that has been doing tremendously great work in relaying the ongoing elections to English speaking audiences, has demonstrated various instances of election fraud in Turkey. Therefore, we intend to pass this information also to you.

In the eastern provinces, election fraud complaints are at an all-time high. In the eastern city of Van, several military helicopters brought the ballots with them.

Furthermore, according to Mezopotamya Agency, members of the HDP electoral commission were blocked in Diyarbakir by armed government funded “village guards”.

They entered into four different rural areas in Kulp and intimidated voters, forcing two villages to end voting. The same happened in the neighbourhoods of Agacli, Narcice, Zeyrek and Duzce. Due to voting irregularities in the village of Yukari Haydan in the Egil district, the ballot boxes were closed.

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Will Erdogan “cook” the upcoming Turkish Elections result?


The winner of the presidential race will assume extraordinary powers that were narrowly approved in a referendum last year. On June 24th, for the first time in their country’s history, Turks will head to the polls to elect both parliament and president on the same day. The vote, which will take place under a state of emergency now entering its third year, has been billed as the most important in decades. Erdoğan is favoured to win.

Today, Mr Ince’s, main opposition’s candidate (CHP), growing popularity and Mr Erdogan’s surprisingly weak campaign mean an upset is no longer inconceivable. Mr Ince would have a chance if he can force Mr Erodgan into a runoff and then inherit practically all the voters of Mrs Aksener and Mr Demirtas. But that will not be easy.

Erdogan has consolidated power at every step of his career. He has crushed anti-government protests, and in 2013 he evaded a corruption investigation into his inner circle. After a failed military coup to remove his government from power in 2016, he eliminated his opponents by firing tens of thousands of government workers, gutting public institutions, jailing critical voices, and clamping down on the media. He narrowly won a referendum last year that will change Turkey’s parliamentary system to an executive presidency, giving whoever wins Sunday’s vote sweeping new powers.

Turkey today is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, ahead of China and Egypt. Seventy-three were imprisoned in 2017 alone and more than 120 have been jailed since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Hundreds have lost their jobs in the aftermath of the coup, while allies of the government have bought up most of the country’s news outlets to transform the vast majority of the media into a loyalist press, Guardian reports.

Cumhuriyet journalists were detained in October 2016 as part of a sweeping crackdown by the government on dissidents. Twelve were arrested in dawn raids, and the chairman of the newspaper’s board, Akın Atalay, returned from a trip to Germany to turn himself in, all accused of aiding terrorist groups.

But Erdogan’s mantra of development and growth has lost some of its luster recently as Turkish people feel the pinch of a faltering economy.The lira has lost some 20% of its value since the year began, inflation is at 12% and interest rates are around a painful 18%. Some voters are tiring of what they see as Erdogan’s power-grabbing.

But despite the perpetual state of crisis, Turkish voters have turned out in droves to opposition rallies, energising a contest whose outcome two months ago seemed to be pre-ordained. Unexpectedly dynamic campaigns by Muharrem İnce, the main challenger, and the breakaway nationalist Meral Akşener have revitalised a moribund opposition movement that has lost election after election.

The Kurdish vote is pivotal in the outcome of the parliamentary election. If the HDP crosses a 10% threshold, it will win seats and could deprive the AKP of its parliamentary majority. If it fails to get into parliament, the AKP will sweep up those seats.
According to the turkish media, a Turkish citizen has been detained for voting both in Belgium and in Turkey. There are a lot of citizens of Turkey who went to vote abroad and they voted both and you can guess for who they voted…

The Turkish citizen who resides in Belgium had stirred outrage on social media this week when she shared photos showing her casting votes both in the Turkish Embassy in Belgium and at the customs gate of Adnan Menderes Airport in the western Turkish province of İzmir.

Sources: The Guardian, Hurriyet Daily News, CNN