Baku, Azerbaijan, August 3
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish citizens residing in Azerbaijan started voting in Turkey's presidential election on August 3.
The voting will last from 08:00 to 17:00 (local time, GMT+5).
Only Turkish citizens, who have registered online on the website of Turkey's Central Election Commission (CEC) until July 9, will be able to vote in the presidential election.
Some 6,305 out of 15,536 Turkish citizens living in Azerbaijan will be able to take part in the presidential election. (5,611 of them will vote in Baku, 291 - in Nakhchivan and 403 - in Ganja).
If the elections are to move into the second round, the voting in Azerbaijan will take place on August 17.
A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in 53 countries have the right to take part in the voting for the presidential election.
Besides Azerbaijan, the voting on August 3 will also take place in Albania, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan and New Zealand.
Turkish citizens, living in Russia, Canada, Australia, Germany, U.S., Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Romania, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan, voted in the presidential election on July 31.
The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.
As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.
Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ekmeleddin lIhsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.