YSK Chairman Ahmet Yener updated the results at 20:00 to 75.42 percent of votes counted, and incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the lead by several points.
According to the most recent figures, Erdoğan and challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu have won 53.41 percent and 46.59 percent of the vote respectively.
The opposition’s joint candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will make a statement on Turkey’s presidential election results at 21.30 local time.
Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) chairman Ahmet Yener announced a significant lead for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at 19:25 local time, with more than 54.4 percent of votes (26.7 million votes) counted.
Erdoğan and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu currently stand at 54.47 percent and 45.53 percent respectively, according to Yener’s YSK figures.
Over 89 per cent of ballot boxes have been opened in Turkey’s presidential elections: incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ahead of his rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu with 50.67 per cent, according to ANKA’s data at 19:10 local time.
According to the ANKA news agency, over 70 per cent of the ballot boxes have been counted and opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is ahead in the Turkish presidential run-off. Data at 18:40 local time:
According to the ANKA news agency, over 55 per cent of the ballot boxes have been counted and opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is ahead in the Turkish presidential run-off. Data at 18:25 local time:
More than 60 million voters have made their choice between incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in the second round of Turkey’s presidential elections, with polls closing at 17:00 local time (16:00 CET) in more than 190,000 ballots set up in 973 districts.
Reporting bans are still in place, but may be lifted sooner than expected after the Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) convenes. As it stands, all reporting on election outcome is banned until 18:00, and until 21:00 news outlets are only allowed to report on YSK sourced information.
Live updates follow. All times local, CET+1.
18:30 CHP Spokesman Faik Öztrak called for calm and asked citizens to wait for the official CHP announcement at 19:00. The spokesman also urged against premature announcements, saying, “No one should try to muddy the water with balcony speeches.”
18:20 Unidentified men attacked newly elected Green Left Party MP Ferit Şenyaşar along with HDP and DBP provincial officials and lawyers from the city’s bar association in the southeastern Şanlıurfa (Riha) province during Turkey’s presidential run-off.
Şenyaşar entered politics after five years of fighting for justice for his three family members who were gunned down by relatives of an AKP MP in their hometown.
15:00 A woman was caught attempting to cast a fake ballot in Diyarbakır’s (Amed) Bağlar district. She tore up the ballot, which was marked in favour of Erdoğan, and fled the scene when caught, Mezopotamya Agency reported.
14:55 Members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and New Welfare Party, accompanied by village guards, attacked Green Left Party MP Onur Düşünmez and lawyers from the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) in Hakkari (Colemêrg) as they were investigating allegations of unlawful mass voting. As security forces worked to reduce tensions, village guards were seen firing shots into the air outside the voting station.
14:50 A group of AKP members reportedly stormed a voting station at a high school in Istanbul’s Bostancı district, where the opposition usually maintains a lead. Students were physically assaulted in the incident.
14:30 AKP supporters caused a disturbance at Büyüksaat Secondary School in Adana, leading to police intervention. Voting was temporarily halted.
14:20 Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) reported irregularities in Hasbağlar village of Azarpêrt, Bingöl (Çewlîg), including forcing voting in the open and accompanying voters in the booth. A complaint has been filed with the District Electoral Board.
14:10 Ballot officers discovered a voting slip marked for Erdoğan in an envelope during a ballot box check in northwestern Tekirdağ province’s industrial centre Çorlu district. An incident report was filed.
14:05 Lawyers were denied access to the classrooms and physically attacked in a voting station in Istanbul’s working class Bağcılar district.
14:00 An administrator for AKP ally far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was caught voting twice at a station in the northwestern Kocaeli province. The man said he did not know multiple voting was unlawful.
13:55 CHP district mayor for Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü, Mehmet Murat Çalık, was verbally and physically attacked by AKP polling officials at a polling station. The attack was triggered by a heart-shaped pin some of CHP’s election observers had on their persons. Police stopped the attackers.
13:50 Two election observers were beaten for objecting to irregularities at a polling station in the earthquake struck Hatay’s Antakya district. Gendarmerie units were present at the scene but did not stop the pro-government attackers.
13:45 A fight broke out at a voting station in capital Ankara’s conservative Altındağ district, as an observer was assisting an elderly woman. AKP officers argued the woman’s vote was influenced, while the observers said they merely explained how to vote by gestures.
13:30 In the southern Adana province, a man attacked a female voter, pulling her hair and saying she voted for “traitors”. An observer with the Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) was threatened when he intervened.
13:20 Observers who confronted voting irregularities, such as voting without ID cards and mass voting, were attacked in Hatay. The injured observers were hospitalised in the Reyhanlı district.
13:05 Three police officers cast their votes in Altındağ without presenting the waiver that allows on-duty public servants to vote anywhere. Poll station officers filed a report.
12:50 Ballot officers discovered voting slips marked in favour of Erdoğan inside fresh envelopes that should have been empty, in the western Izmir province’s Karabağlar district.
12:45 Voters were urged to take photos of their voting slips to prove they voted for Erdoğan in the southeastern border province of Şırnak (Şirnex). Locals report AKP Uludere district chairman demanding proof of vote from village guards and mukhtars. In the nearby Beytüşşebap (Elkê) district, village guards wanted to vote in the open and argued with CHP representatives when they objected.
A disabled citizen was not assisted and ended up waiting for several hours outside a voting station in the province.
12:40 A group of voters wanted to make their vote known as they cast their ballots in Mardin’s Midyat (Mîdyad) district. Ballot officials were attacked by village guards and AKP supporters when they objected, and the situation escalated into a gendarmerie intervention.
12:35 Diyarbakır’s Yenişehir district governorate refused to take down Erdoğan’s propaganda posters, which read “Protect our peace together for the Century of Turkey”, despite election bans that went into force on Saturday.
12:30 YSK Chairman Ahmet Yener said voter turnout was already high. “Since only presidential candidates are competing in this election, we anticipate that the process will conclude earlier,” he said. “The board will assess the lifting of the broadcasting ban after 17:00, and if there is a decision to allow news broadcasting earlier, it will be promptly shared with the public.”
12:30 Ali Babacan, former AKP heavyweight who established his breakaway DEVA party after resigning, voted in Ankara and urged all citizens to join him. DEVA is part of the wide opposition alliance, Table of Six, and Babacan served as economy minister in past AKP governments.
12:25 AKP supporters attempted to accompany an elderly woman into the voting booth in Bursa, and attacked observers who objected.
12:20 Observers from the Left Party were forcefully removed from a polling station in Ankara’s working class Seyranbağları neighbourhood. Station officers wanted to unlawfully remove all observers from the polls, and after a short disagreement observers were allowed back in.
12:15 Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Mithat Sancar called on all citizens to vote. “Everyone should go to the polls because this is not just a presidential election. We are voting for the future of Turkey,” he said.
12:10 Istanbul’s opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said there was “a lot of work to do” and urged all to vote. “We will discuss all matters after tomorrow. I will not let those issues go ignored.”
12:00 Ballot officials discovered signature charts that were printed with erasable ink in several ballots in Istanbul.
11:55 Observers stopped a man as he entered a polling station in northern Artvin’s Hopa district, shouting “Reis”, a favourable nickname for Erdoğan.
11:50 Observers spotted a pick-up truck without a license plate at a polling station in Şırnak’s Cizre (Cizîr) district. Upon objection from Green Left Party members, the vehicle was removed from the premises.
11:50: AKP members reportedly attacked CHP and Green Left Party representatives at a voting station in Beylikdüzü, Istanbul.
11:45 AKP members attacked members of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) in Istanbul’s conservative Ümraniye district, saying they were not allowed in the voting station.
11:30 Government allied fundamentalist Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR) appointed a 17-year-old boy as an observer in Diyarbakır, and the boy was removed following objections from the Green Left Party.
11:20: Özgür Özel shared details about the events at the ballot box in Eyyübiye, Şanlıurfa, where Ali Şeker was reportedly assaulted. Özel stated, “No women showed up, yet they brought women’s identity cards and attempted to vote on their behalf.”
11:15: Various ballot boxes in Çekmeköy, Istanbul, revealed discrepancies where the signature charts of the SBE were found to be printed and erasable.
11:10: At Bahçelievler Yayla Primary School Ballot Box No. 1115, a deceased individual from 2015 was listed as a voter, even though their name did not appear on the voter list for the 14 May elections. A report was filed regarding this matter.
11:04: CHP MP Ali Şeker is attacked in Şanlıurfa (Riha) when he opposes men attempting to vote on behalf of women.
11:01: In Mardin (Mêrdîn), police officers remove lawyers from polling stations and recruit observers for the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Mass voting is reported in some polling stations.
10:57: HDP Co-Chair Pervin Buldan, after casting her vote, emphasises, “One vote changes a lot; it determines the fate of the country.”
10:49: Özgür Özel expressed concern over the assault on Istanbul MP Ali Şeker, along with observers, in the Eyyübiye district of Şanlıurfa. They were reportedly attacked for objecting to irregularities, such as women voting on behalf of others. While there are gendarmerie personnel in the village, their number was deemed insufficient.
10:42: Emine Şenyaşar, a Kurdish mother who lost her husband and two sons to a brutal attack by AKP supporters, confidently states, “There will be change. Protect your votes.”
10:42: In Şırnak’s (Şirnex) Cizre (Cizîr) Ulaş village, former AKP district chair Cihan Güven, along with his nephews Ferzen Güven, Mesut Güven, and Mehmet Kaçar, allegedly entered the voting booth with villagers and coerced them into voting for Erdoğan.
10:26: Folded envelopes brought from outside are reported in Yalova.
10:24: In Akçakale Yazlıca, a rural neighbourhood of Şanlıurfa, lawyers and polling officials prevented mass voting, where one individual will collect votes for many people, resulting in an attack by those attempting to vote en masse.
10:17: Imprisoned former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş shares a photo of himself voting and urges citizens to exercise their right to vote.
10:09: Allegations were made that the wet-signed minutes, the official records of votes cast, were signed before the start of the election in ballot box no. 1232 at a school in Manisa Şehzadeler. The signed minutes were destroyed upon the discovery by the CHP officer.
10:00: Observers and polling staff at İhsan Sungu Primary School in Kadıköy, Istanbul, reportedly prevented an undocumented policeman and a security guard from voting.
09:39: In Hatay, voting begins in containers set up as ballot boxes. Earthquake survivors form long queues in front of the containers.
09:36: Green Left Party Co-spokespersons İbrahim Akın and Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar cast their votes. İbrahim Akın votes at Konak Cumhuriyet N.S. İşgören Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School in Konak, Izmir, stating, “I hope 28 May will be a day of freedom, peace, and democracy in Turkey. We will continue the fight for equality, freedom, and peace.” Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar votes at Gazi Primary School in Sultangazi, Istanbul, emphasising the need to vote for democracy, change, equality, and freedom.
Source: Mezopotamya Agency, Sendika.Org ANKA, ANF, Evrensel