Turkey Elections 2018 LIVE: Latest updates as Turkey goes to the polls | World | News

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Today Turkey will vote to decide its president and parliament with current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan running for a second term.

President Erdogan has won every vote so far during his 15 years in power and is hoping his recently called snap election will grant him another term.

The vote is significant because after the result has been announced, new powers that had been approved in a referendum in 2017 will come into effect, giving the president a more powerful role.

Presidency in Turkey was once a ceremonial position, but after today’s election will become a position of significant power.

More than 56 million voters will casting their ballots in more than 180.000 ballot boxes across Turkey as polls have opened across the country. 

All times below are in BST.

12.40pm update: President Erdogan casts his vote accompanied by the First Lady

President Erdogan cast his vote at in Uskudar, Istanbul with First Lady Emine Erdogan, his daughter and son-in-law.

Speaking to Hurriyet Daily News Mr Erdogan commented on the amount of voters, “The turnout seems good,” he said.

The current president also claimed that 50 percent of the population had already voted.

11.30am update: Only female candidate Meral Aksener, casts her vote in Istanbul

Leader of the newly-established Iyi Party casts Meral Aksener places her vote in Istanbul.

The latest opinion polls placed Aksener with 8.5 percent of the vote, with the Iyi Party only being established in 2017. 

The Iyi party places its emphasis on the restoration of the parliamentary system, based on the principles and ideals of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

10.00am update: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces his biggest competition so far from Muharram Ince

Opinion polls place  Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Muharram Ince as possessing 28 percent of the vote. 

For President Erdogan to receive a second term as president, he needs 50 percent of the vote or more. 

If he does not achieve half the votes or more, the presidential election will move to a second bout. 

This second round, which would take place on July 8, could decrease his authority or result in his defeat.

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