As Turkey is heading for Municipal Elections on March 31, 2019, Supreme Electoral Board (SEB) has declared the election-timeline starting from January 1.
SEB has set out the timeline of municipal elections on a schedule for a period of 90 days starting with the new year.
January 1: Election period officially starts
January 2: SEB will announce the parties that can participate in the elections
January 4: Registered voter lists will be put up on community chief offices and citizens will be able to check their registration on SEB’s websites, www.ysk.gov.tr
January 10: Voter registration lists will be put down and checks on SEB website will be ended. Deadline for applications to vote at mobile-ballot-boxes for disabled, bed-ridden, chronically ill voters
January 27: SEB will hold a lottery to determine in which order the parties will appear on ballot lists
January 31: Ballot lists for voters will be determined. Political parties will deliver list of nominations to electoral offices
February 1: Number of members for provincial & municipal councils will be determined based on the population census as of December 31, 2018 for all towns, counties, cities & provinces.
February 3: All parties will declare in which electoral zones they will hold primaries & consultations to determine candidates and notify the local electoral boards of this.
February 10: Primaries & consultations will be held
February 18: Provincial electoral boards will deliver approved lists of municipal candidates and approvals of primaries to political parties
February 19: Political parties will officially nominate candidates for municipal seats by delivering digital copies in DVD, flash disk, hard drive etc. and in paper format until 5 pm; independent candidates will hand in applications until 5 pm
February 21: Deadline for political parties to fill empty places in nominations lists
February 22: Temporary nominations list (including independents) will be announced locally at 8 am
February 28: Voter registration papers will be printed and start delivery
March 1: Rejections due to inspection or objection will be notified to the political parties; or in cases when nominees resign from the parties
March 2: Deadline for political parties to refill the empty nominations
March 3: Final candidate lists are put up including independents, by local electoral boards; printing of ballots will start and printed ballots will be delivered to local electoral boards as part of the designated plan
March 21: Starting of electoral bans and propaganda period
March 24: Voter information cards delivery to voters will be completed
March 29: Necessary equipment for villages and districts outside of city centers will be delivered to ballot box committee presidents
March 30: End of propaganda period
March 31: Voting starts at 7 am for Eastern Turkey and 8 am for Western Turkey; election bans end at midnight.