Jun 24, 2018 07:31 Asia/Tehran
  • Turkey to hold presidential, parliamentary early elections on June 24 

Citizens head to the polls around across Turkey on June 24 in snap presidential and parliamentary elections to elect 600 lawmakers and the country’s first president with broad executive powers.

The voting process for 56.3 million registered citizens will be held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time at 180,065 ballot boxes in all 81 provinces of Turkey.

Some 1.65 million registered citizens will be casting their first votes in the snap election, which will herald a switch to a new powerful executive presidency narrowly approved in a controversial referendum last year, marred by allegations of fraud.

Turkish presidential candidate Muharrem Ince, the main challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's June 24 presidential election, held a campaign rally in Istanbul on the eve of the election, in front of thousands of supporters.

For the first time, the presidential and parliamentary ballots will be placed in a single envelope.

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections, to be held this  Sunday 24 June 2018 , are probably the  most  crucial elections the country has  ever had.