Olympia London hosts expat voting for Turkish elections

Olympia London was chosen by The Turkish Consulate as the venue for the first ever Turkish elections for expatriate Turkish citizens in the UK. 
 
Turkish voters living in the UK took part, 2-3 August, in elections to determine Turkey’s first directly-elected President. The voting took place at Olympia Central.
 
This is the first year in which expatriates have voted outside of Turkey. It is also the first time the Turkish President will be elected by the people and not by the parliament, following a national referendum held in 2007.
 
Turkish citizens in the UK registered to vote online on the website of Turkey’s Central Election Commission prior to casting votes in person across a total of 57 polling stations inside the venue.  
 
The Turkish Consulate had requested to use its own Firewall for extra security, which Olympia London’s IT service partners, eForce facilitated. They also provided robust wired internet connections at each polling station for laptops which the Turkish Consulate had had flown in from Turkey.
 
It is possible Olympia Central may host a second round of votes. To win the presidency, a candidate must get more than 50 per cent of the vote. If no candidate reaches this mark in the first round, a run-off will be held in Turkey on 24 August.
 
There are more than 2.7m Turks living abroad with the right to vote. Some experts say the figure is around five per cent of the total Turkish electorate.
 
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