It is still very early and hard to say anything about major cities. However, there is some certain news that some Black sea towns and a few Central Anatolian towns, where AKP always won, now won by opposition parties. That includes the hometown of Rabia Naz, of whom I also wrote about here. Turkey’s only communist party mayor of Ovacık town, Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu, now becomes the mayor of Tunceli city. Another good sign.
As usual, there is uncomfortable news from the Kurdish cities where heavy deployment security forces make it hard to have a transparent election process. I am not surprised that some small cities like Şırnak can be won by AKP after the massive pressure they were exposed to.
And the most tragic news is that in Malatya two Saadet party members were killed by AKP candidate’s nephew according to the party leader.
update: According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 4 dead and 310 incidents registered during the voting day.
Eynesil'de sandıklar açılmaya devam ederken AKP'nin ilk kez oyları geride kaldı.
Rabia Naz'ın babası @VatanSaban "Hepiniz evladınıza sahip çıktınız, yargı yolu açık olduğu halde korunan zalime hesap soracağım" dedi.
Rabia Naz'ın, Rabia Naz'ların hesabı sorulacak! #Seçim2019 pic.twitter.com/7leSst8xg0
— Demir Leblebi (@leblebi_demir) March 31, 2019
— Halkevleri (@Halkevleri) March 31, 2019
Around 57 million #Turks are eligible to vote this Sunday in the local elections, which are held every five years in Turkey. Voters will cast ballots to elect #mayors of the biggest cities, mayors of smaller towns, municipal assemblies and neighborhood heads. #elections #Turkey
— Marc Guillet (@Turkeyreport) March 31, 2019
— New Young Turks (@newyoungturks) March 31, 2019
#TurkeyElections: People coming with their families at this voting station in #Gaziantep.
Millions of Turkish citizens will be voting today in the local elections.
This election 53,000 Syrians have become eligible to vote. We’ll be part of the rolling coverage today on @trtworld pic.twitter.com/uc5Al0Ztue
— Sara Firth (@Sara__Firth) March 31, 2019
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has used every weapon is his arsenal to galvanise his religious base ahead of local elections https://t.co/AiQJzujUwI
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 31, 2019