Turkish citizens in Bulgaria go to the polls for the presidential election and the 28th parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in Turkey on May 14.
In front of the Turkish Embassy in Sofia, many citizens who came to vote in the morning lined up.
In a statement to AA reporter, Turkey’s Ambassador to Sofia Aylin Itcuk stated that they opened the ballot boxes at the Consulate General in Burgas and Plovdiv and the embassy, and said that the voting process in Bulgaria will continue until May 7.
Itcock said, “We have made all our preparations, and aim to ensure that our citizens can vote in the most comfortable and speedy way possible. We call on all our citizens to use their citizenship rights and citizenship responsibilities at the polls.” He said.
Pointing out that the votes to be cast for 4 days in Bulgaria will be locked and stored in carefully prepared security rooms under the supervision of representatives of the relevant political parties, Zengenkok noted that there are about 7,900 Turkish voters registered in the country.
After the election process is completed in Bulgaria, the ballot papers in Sofia and Plovdiv will be delivered to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines (THY), and the votes cast in Burgas will be delivered to the relevant authorities in Turkey by road.
Meanwhile, the process of voting continues at the border gates with neighboring Bulgaria, Türkiye. Citizens registered in the foreign electoral register will also be able to vote in the polls set up at the border gates of Kapikuli, Ipsala, Pazarkule, Hamzabeli and Direkoye.
Voting at the border gates takes place over a 24-hour period and ends at 17.00 on May 14th.
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