#TurkeyVotes News, Online sources…

We are organizing an election watch program hosted by Public Relations and Corporate Communication MA program in İstanbul Bilgi University. Facebook event page here. Event photos and relevant stuff will be posted there.

Citizens are invited to socialize and watch the game together.

In the mean time, a group of my students producing special coverage at SosyalKafa.net

Sosyalkafa Twitter, Facebook page and Periscope accounts will also be active.

I and some of friends will be mapping election irregularities here.

Citizen journalism collective, Dokuz8Haber editors will be also here. They plan to provide live Youtube broadcasting.

I will probably post more online sources and news through my Twitter account.


LIVE: Nov. 1 general elections

Hürriyet Daily News is live blogging the Nov. 1 elections with its distinctive reporting, instant updates on its modernly designed, real-time map and live results from 81 provinces as the country heads to one of the most significant elections throughout its history amid rising tensions over terrorism, political uncertainty and recent crackdowns on the media

Stability and security dominate Turkish election debates

A series of terrorist attacks have left country divided over which party is best placed to solve internecine issues

Earlier this month, Imran Kurt, a 22-year-old university student and activist, was preparing to take part in a peace rally in Ankara whenan explosion sent a tremor through the group. Seconds later, another hit.

“When I raised my head, I saw bodies on the floor,” says Kurt. “Our bodies were covered in blood and pieces of flesh and we ran away for 50 metres. Then I ran back to look for my mother who was with me.” She was alive, inspecting the bodies around her, looking to see if her son was among those who perished. “When she saw me she started crying,” he says.

Turkish president’s rule hangs in balance as country goes to polls

More than 10 years of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s autocratic government could end in election that was called when party lost majority in June

Turkish voters are going to the polls in parliamentary elections that could end more than a decade of single-party rule by the Justice and Development party (AKP).

Ahead of Turkish Elections, Polls Show Little Hope for Change

As Turks warily prepare to vote again in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, projections hold that, again, no party will win a majority.

Turkey’s year of violence and elections

If a diverse – but united – Turkey is to survive in its current borders, a constitution based on consensus is desperately needed.

A rally in istanbul to mark 92nd Turkish Republic Day Anniversary. Demotix/Avni Kantan. All rights reserved.

On 1 November, Turkey will re-run its general election, as political parties, namely the Justice and Development Party (AKP), have been unable to form a coalition government since the general election in June.

Turkey, Roiled by War and Insecurity, Votes Again for a New Parliament

Coalition talks after the country last voted for a new Parliament in June were fruitless, and experts say that no party will win a majority this time, either.
A provincial head of the Kurdish problem-focused HDP has been detained for “showing resistance” to a polling clerk at a polling station in Turkey’s northwestern Kırklareli province.
Media freedom, pluralism and media playing the field for candidates were areas which raised concerns ahead of Turkey’s Nov. 1 elections, according to the OSCE election observation leaders

VIDEO: Why is Turkey election important?

Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen has been looking at why this election is so important.

Turkey’s election on Sunday (1 November) could mark a turning point in relations with the European Union, either bolstering President Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to accumulate more power or putting a check on a leader many in Europe accuse of creeping authoritarianism.

Election slogans and Internet snark

Weary of fretting about the upcoming Turkish election, the terrible things that could happen between now and then, and the uncertainty of what might happen afterwards? Me too. Let’s try to have a laugh about it instead, at least for a moment.

During the last election, all the way back in June, the ruling party plastered the country with billboards proclaiming “The others talk, AK Party does” (Onlar konuşur, Ak Parti yapar). Which, of course, left the question of “does what?” open to Internet jokesters to fill in:


Turkey Goes to Polls Again After 5 Months…

How many people will vote, when and where does the voting begin?
wsj.com – Joe Parkinson – Oct 30, 8:33 AM

When I arrived in Istanbul five years ago, Turkey was a beacon of hope for the troubled Middle East. I had been posted here by The Wall Street Journal to chronicle one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and the Muslim world’s biggest success

The electorate in Turkey is expected to head to the polls in record numbers on Nov 1 for the country’s critical elections


ISTANBUL—This week, riot police stormed a media building in the heart of Istanbul, reminding the world –- yet again –- of the perilous situation facing journalists in Turkey where press freedom has been steadily eroding

Trabzonspor's trophy room. Creative commons.

Trabzonspor’s trophy room. Creative commons.

Hours after a hotly-contested game between the Trabzonspor and Gaziantep football clubs in Turkey ended 2-2, Trabzonspor President Ibrahim Hacıosmanoğlu found himself defending his controversial decision to kidnap the match officials, a move so extreme that it precipitated a personal intervention by Turkey’s head of state.

Freedom to Journalists Platform has reacted against police violence and Bugün and Kanaltürk broadcast shut following trustee appointment.

A storyteller’s story: a Kurdish Fahrenheit 451

With the peace process in ruins and Kurdish culture under attack, Dengbêj storytellers have re-emerged as contemporary Fahrenheit 451 figures in the battle for free speech.

Kurds are a founding element of the Republic of Turkey, as they contributed their blood to the foundation of the country in the war of liberation, Peoples’ Democratic People (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ stated on Oct. 30
The editorial policy of dailies Bugün and Millet, which belong to the Koza İpek group that recently was assigned caretakers by the government, have changed their editorial policy in one night, going from anti-government to pro-government

Diyarbakir prepares to vote: ‘There is no joy in the runup to these elections’

Air of resignation in Turkish city ahead of national elections, as pro-Kurdish HDP, whose rallies have been bombed, tell of police harassment

Turkey sinks to new low in its debasement of a free press

The appointment of a ‘trustee panel’ to oversee the output of Istanbul publisher Koza-Ipek is more depressing than the police closing it down

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