Istanbul, Nov 1 () - While polls have been closed in 32 provinces in Turkey's east. The remaining polls will be closed at 5. p.m., in most of the eastern and southeastern provinces inhabitants casted votes under high-level security measures.
In Sur district of Diyarbakır, where curfew has been declared for three times, voters arrived to polling stations in schools under control of special operation teams.
Local reports said the attendance was significantly high in the province.
In southeastern province of Şırnak, residents had to pass a body search that sparked outrage among Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Şırnak MP Leyla Birlik and Şırnak Mayor Serhat Kadurhan, who protested the implementation at the school in question.
On the other hand, police officers defended they had a court decision, allowing them to resume body search for people they find “suspicious”.
Mayor Kadurhan wrote a minute and referred the situation to the board of election. The board decided to lift the implementation of police.
In İdil district of Şırnak, residents cued for hours to cast their votes, as some of the polling stations have been removed and deployed to other schools in the region.
The trenches and barricades have been removed in the region struck by security tension, in order to open the ease voting of residents.
Meanwhile, in Tepeköy region of İdil district, a wide part of a family in the village wanted to cast their votes all together. This kicked up a fight, as the observers refused the family’s request.
Gendarmerie officers intervened and briefly closed the ballot boxes in the village. As back up forces arrived, the ballot boxes were reopened.
International election observers arrived at the scene, but they were also attacked by the family, who threw stones on the observers.
Both in curfew-struck Cizre and Nusaybin region in Mardin, inhabitants flocked to the ballot boxes, under high-level security measures of special operation forces and armed vehicles.