Investors feeling the jitters ahead of Turkish election

Investors feeling the jitters ahead of Turkish election

Investors feeling the jitters ahead of Turkish election

A French delegation of Communist party members, including a senator, was arrested in Turkey on Sunday while trying to observe parliamentary and presidential polls there, the party announced.

But Sunday's twin elections, for both president and parliament, represent the greatest challenge Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have faced since rising to power 16 years ago.

"The opposition will not be a nuisance anymore with the new presidential system", said another Erdogan supporter, retired sailor Engin Ozmen, 60.

President Erdogan, the most popular but divisive leader in modern Turkish history, argues the new powers will better enable him to tackle the nation's economic problems such as the plummet of the Lira and Kurdish rebels in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Turkish people hold ballot papers before casting their vote in snap elections in Ankara on June 24, 2018.

Ince told a rally on Saturday he would lift the state of emergency within 48 hours of being elected president.

Erdogan faced an energetic campaign by the Ince, who has rivaled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, and a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll.

Voter fairness NGO Oy Ve Otesi (Vote and Beyond), was founded in 2014 and said its ability to mobilise volunteers to monitor voting at polling stations has increased with every election, as more Turks become engaged in the voting process.

The opposition said it had filed complaints over election monitors being beaten up and alleged instances of bulk voting.

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Soon after the Supreme Election Board (YSK) announced that voting had been suspended at that ballot box, another incident took place in the same town: The police found four sack loads of pre-stamped votes mixed in with legally cast vote in the boot of a vehicle, after which they took four people into custody.

Tezcan said the CHP's own voting tally suggested that support for Erdogan remained below the 50 percent required to win the presidency in the first round.

"Every shadow cast over the election is a blow to our democracy".

Then comes the third stage, in which local voting results are digitally transferred first to provincial stations and also to the Supreme Election Board (YSK).

"Necessary administrative and legal steps have been taken regarding claims on security issues at some polling stations in Suruc", election body chief Sadi Guven said.

The president has arrested and jailed many of his opponents and critics since the attempted coup in 2016.

Erdogan blamed the coup on his former ally, US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, and has waged a sweeping crackdown on the preacher's followers in Turkey.

The president's critics, including the European Union which Turkey still nominally aspires to join, say Erdogan has used the crackdown to stifle dissent. All we want is a fair competition. Pro-Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas tweeted his hopes for a calm election day, urging young people to vote. "Rights are violated, democracy is in awful shape", said health sector worker Sema, 50, after voting in Istanbul. If they fail to reach that goal, many of their seats are expected to go to AKP, which could guarantee it a majority in parliament.

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