Turkish nationals living in North Cyprus have started casting their vote in the Turkish constitutional referendum on April 16.
The referendum, which is to take place on April 16 in Turkey, calls on Turkish citizens to vote in favour or against a change in the constitution which will convert the Turkish parliamentary system into a presidential one. Overseas election campaigning, even in diplomatic missions, is illegal under Turkish law yet most political parties in Turkey, including CHP and the ruling AKP, have seemingly flouted the law.
Turkish nationals living in the north have until Sunday, April 9, to cast their vote with the ballots remaining open almost all day from 9am to 9pm. The ballot boxes will be kept at the Turkish Embassy before being sent by air to Turkey.
Turkish citizens living abroad have been casting their votes since March 27 and will continue to vote until the April 16. According to Abdurrahman Oz, who is the deputy chairman of the election affairs committee, the number of Turkish citizens eligible to vote in the north is around 100,000.
The constitutional amendments being sought by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan include the introduction of an executive presidency and a presidential system that would replace the existing parliamentary system of government, the abolition of the Office of the Prime Minister, the raising of the number of Parliamentary seats from 550 to 600 and changes in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).