UPDATE 2: Erdogan: 52.72% [Boxes Opened: %95.88], the People’s Alliance: 53.73% [Boxes Opened:%95.32].
UPDATE 1: Erdogan is leading with 58.48%. His ruling party, which is a part of the People’s Alliance, is also leading with 50.19%.
Polling has started in Turkey’s parliamentary and presidential elections.
There are 56,322,632 registered voters and 180,065 ballot boxes across the country. About 1.49 million expats already voted in a 13-day period between June 7-19 at 123 Turkish missions abroad.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs more than 50% of the presidential vote to secure his post in the first round of the presidential election. If no candidate gets more than 50%, there will be a second round. MORE HERE: “Another Political Crisis May Erupt In Turkey“
Erdogan’s main challenger is Muharrem Ince of the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
According to pre-election surveys, Erdogan will get about 47-48% in the first round while Ince will get up to 30%. Thus, many experts predict a two-round challenge.
At the same time, Erdogan’s ruling AK Party is also expected to face some problems in the parliamentary election vote.