The current president of Turkey, the only candidate from the “Republican Alliance” Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been officially nominated as a candidate for the presidential elections.
Ali Ihsan Yavuz, head of the ruling party’s election department, and Feti Yildiz, head of the Nationalist Movement Party, submitted an application to the Supreme Electoral Council. The presidential elections in Turkey will be held on May 14.
Applications from potential candidates for the presidency of Turkey will be accepted from 19 to 23 March. Candidates whose parties are not represented in the current parliament must collect 100,000 signatures from voters from 22 to 27 March. It is expected that the application of Mr. Erdogan’s opponent of the single candidate from the opposition “People’s Alliance” Kemal Kilicdaroglu will be submitted tomorrow, March 22.
The government gazette Resmi Gazete will publish the official list of candidates on March 31, after which they will be able to start campaigning. If the first round does not reveal a winner, a second round will be held on May 28.
Initially, it was assumed that the presidential elections will be held in Turkey on June 18. However, Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to hold the vote earlier. Voting in a number of areas of the southeast will be held in extreme conditions, as earthquakes hit Turkey in early February. According to the latest data, the death toll has exceeded 50 thousand people.