Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cast his vote on Sunday in the local elections currently underway in Turkey.
The Turkish President was accompanied by first lady Emine Erdoğan as he cast his vote at a middle school in Istanbul.
Polling in Turkey’s local elections began on Sunday, with 57 million registered voters expected to cast their ballots in the country’s 81 provinces.
Voting started at 7.00 a.m local time (0400GMT) and will continue through 4.00 p.m. local time (1300GMT) in 32 out of Turkey’s 81 provinces.
In the remaining provinces, polling stations will open at 8.00 a.m and close at 5.00 p.m. local time (0050-1400GMT).
Voters living in Turkey’s larger cities will vote to elect a mayor for the entire city, as well as district municipal mayors, city council members, mukhtars (neighborhood officials), and members of elder councils.
The voters will choose from 12 political parties competing in the local elections.
More than 44 million citizens are expected to vote at 142,777 polling places in 30 biggest cities, called metropolitan municipalities.