Turkey plans tight security for March 31 local polls
SAMSUN- Anadolu Agency
"It is the Interior Ministry’s responsibility to make sure every citizen can vote freely. As part of this, we see election safety falling into three categories: election rallies, voting, and ballot counting," Soylu said.
He said during the campaign season, Turkey will take additional measures against threats by terrorist groups.
New regions, new threats
Soylu told how last year the outlawed PKK spread its efforts to rural areas of Turkey’s Black Sea region.
The PKK is trying to forge a new Black Sea route for human trafficking and drug smuggling, he said.
"We took measures against both of these and blocked the PKK from spreading to the Black Sea region both by land and sea. But we know that they have plans for this region, so we shouldn't neglect it," Soylu said.
"So especially during the campaign season, we should be on the alert for possible PKK activity," Soylu added.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union.
Local elections are set to be held across Turkey on March 31, 2019.
Campaigning will end on the evening of March 30, a day before the election.