The people of Turkey will today go to the polling stations in one of the most important elections in the countries history. Over 56 million Turks are registered to vote across 180,000 polling stations with an expected turnout of 80-85%. The odds are stacked heavily in the favour of sitting-President Recept Tayyip Erdogan who is expected to cruise to a comfortable victory will, however, face challenges from the energetic campaign of Muharrem Ince the popular secularist from the Republican People’s Party.
The winner of the Presidential election will assume a wide-range of new powers which were approved in a referendum in 2017. The President will be afforded the ability to appoint various positions including the cabinet, unelected vice-presidents, senior judges and will also be able to given the power to enforce legislation with the force of law and with limited parliamentary intervention.