Although the electoral authorities have not yet released participation data, the influx of citizens to the polls is very fluid. In Turkey, where voting is compulsory, turnout usually exceeds 80 percent of those authorized to vote.
According to the provisions currently in force, news related to the elections may not be disseminated until 6:00 p.m. local time and the electoral results may only be disseminated after 9:00 p.m. local time. The Electoral Commission, however, can lift this veto earlier.
"More than 30 political parties and over 150 independent parliamentary candidates will compete in the elections," AA news agency recalled, adding that "there are five multiparty blocs in the running: the People's Alliance, Nation Alliance, Ancestral Alliance, Labor and Freedom Alliance, and Union of Socialist Forces Alliance."