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Low turnout for TRNC voters in Turkish presidential elections

11 August 2014

TRNC residents who were eligible to vote in the Turkish presidential elections showed a very low turnout for yesterday’s elections.  Only 11% of eligible Turkish voters residing in North Cyprus cast their votes, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

According to the latest results from the 33 ballot boxes 54.8% of 10843 valid votes was for Erdoğan, 37.1 % İhsanoğlu and 8.1 % Selahattin Demirtaş.

Out of 92,171 eligible voters in North Cyprus only 10,941 of them went to the polling stations.

The way the voting procedures were planned out by YSK in countries outside Turkey for Turkish citizens living abroad was widely criticised as the voters had to cast their votes using an appointment system. This procedure raised concerns regarding privacy of voting especially for the places where a small number of voters had to cast their votes at a certain time making it easy for the officials to guess who they have voted for.

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