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Friday, March 28, 2014

Turkey Holds Elections This Weekend

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Diyarbakir on March 27. Edogan's AK party and the opposing CHP party have both warned voters to be wary of ballot fraud in local elections on Sunday, March 30. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Diyarbakir on March 27. Edogan’s AK party and the opposing CHP party have both warned voters to be wary of ballot fraud in local elections on Sunday, March 30. (Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images)

Both sides in Sunday’s local elections in Turkey are warning there may be ballot fraud.

The main opposition party CHP says it will deploy thousands of poll watchers.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who represents the AK party, is cautioning his supporters to be wary that opponents might try to use social media to trick them into spoiling their ballots. Last week, his government tried to shut down Twitter.

Sunday’s vote is the beginning of a 15-month election cycle that will also feature presidential and parliamentary polls.

Elmira Bayrasli of Foreign Policy Interrupted joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the elections.

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