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    Saudi Arabia advises citizens to stay away from polls in Istanbul


    May 13, 2023

    Saudi Gazette report

    ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul advised citizens to stay away from polling centers for the presidential and parliamentary elections that will take place on Sunday.

    The consulate stressed on the importance of carrying the original identification papers when going out. The consulate advised citizens to avoid crowded places.

    It called on citizens to communicate with the diplomatic mission in emergency cases through phone numbers and e-mail.

    More than 64.1 million voters will cast votes in Turkey and abroad. Around 4.9 million will vote for the first time in the country.

    Voters will be able to cast their ballots with one of the official documents having their identity number.

    Voters will choose between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking reelection, main opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and Sinan Ogan.

    Muharrem Ince, another presidential contender, withdrew from the race on Thursday.

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