Initial results come in as vote count continues - Turkey Elections

Initial results come in as vote count continues - Turkey Elections
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  • calendar-gray 31 March 2019

Election officials continue to count ballots cast in Turkey's local elections.

According to the Supreme Election Council (YSK), voting started in 32 provinces at 0400 GMT and ended at 1300 GMT. In the remaining provinces, polling stations opened at 0500 GMT and closed at 1400 GMT.

More than 44 million Turkish citizens were expected to vote in 30 of the largest cities, the metropolitan municipalities. Another 12.8 million voters were estimated to cast their ballots in other 51 provinces. 

Here are the initial unofficial results:

Sivas

Governing Justice and Development (AK) Party's candidate Hilmi Bilgin has been elected mayor of central Sivas province.

Kilis

Justice and Development (AK) Party's candidate Mehmet Abdi Bulut elected mayor of southern Kilis province in Turkey's local elections.

Artvin

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP)'s candidate Demirhan Elcin has been elected mayor of Turkey's northeastern Artvin province.

Istanbul

AK Party leads in Istanbul at 51 percent with half of the ballot boxes opened.

Bitlis

AK Party's candidate Nesrullah Tanglay has been elected mayor of eastern Bitlis province, Anadolu Agency reported, citing unofficial results.

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