More than 600,000 Turks abroad cast votes for June 7 election
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoMore than 600,000 Turkish citizens abroad have so far voted in the general election, due to take place in Turkey on June 7.
A total of 685,158 Turkish citizens had cast their votes in embassies and consulates abroad as of May 28. Voting first opened on May 8.
Turks in Australia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Northern Cyprus, Norway and the United States have voted at a total of 40 overseas ballot boxes, in addition to voting at customs gates.
In Germany, home to the biggest Turkish-origin population outside Turkey, 413,009 have cast their votes so far. This marks a huge increase from the 111,933 who voted in Germany in last year’s presidential election.
Stuttgart ranked first in the list of German cities where a majority of votes have been used, with a total of 45,061 votes.
Some 100,458 votes have so far been cast in France, while 39,058 voters have gone to the ballots in Belgium. This number is 33,544 in Switzerland, 31,997 in Austria, 21,258 in Northern Cyprus, 12,347 in the US, 8,117 in Denmark, 6,174 in Australia, and 1,441 in Norway.
Turkish citizens abroad are eligible to vote for the critical parliamentary election until May 31.
There are at least 2.5 million Turks living in Europe, according to unofficial data.