Turkish Cypriots to head polls in 2nd round
Voters in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will head to the polls again in a second round of presidential election as the candidates have failed to secure more than 50% of votes in the first round of polls.
AS MANY AS 198,867 REGISTERED VOTERS CAST BALLOTS IN 738 BALLOT BOXES
With 98.64% of ballot boxes opened so far, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has secured 32.45% of the votes, the Bayrak Radio Television Corporation reported, citing unofficial data by the election authority.
President Mustafa Akinci, an independent candidate, is the runner-up with 29.76% of the votes. Tatar and Akinci will face off in the second round of presidential election on Oct. 18.
Electorates also voted in a referendum for the constitutional amendment to increase the number of high court judges.
Eleven candidates competed in the election, with seven of them running independent.