Turkish voters are voting Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament.
Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. When two monitors suspected that hundreds of pre-stamped votes had been attempted to be cast, they started to record the incidents and the jostling in the ballot box between those committing the act and those trying to stop it.
The victor of Sunday's presidential contest will acquire sweeping new executive powers under a constitutional overhaul backed by Erdogan and endorsed a year ago by a narrow majority of Turks in a referendum.
Following the failed coup, Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years and has seen a widespread crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state and entrench one-man rule.
Erdogan said there had been no serious voting violations.
Election turnout nationwide was very high at around 87 percent for both contests, the state broadcaster said.
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Supporters outside the polling station chanted his name and urged the Turkish president to "Stand tall!"
"Let this immorality be an example to the world", said Mr Ince, who said he had held 107 rallies around Turkey in the 51 days since his candidacy was announced.
Erdogan needs over 50 percent to retain the presidency in the first round but these are still early results and the outcome could yet change drastically.
Opponent, Muharrem Ince, however, gave a feisty performance at a rally among thousands of supporters of his Republican People's Party, putting President Erdogan's leadership at risk. Her party is new but she is experienced; she's a former interior minister and her conservative and nationalist credentials mean she is well-placed to challenge him. Religiously observant Muslims form the bedrock of Erdogan's support.
More than 56 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote.
The president, however, is facing a more robust and united opposition, which has vowed to return Turkey to a parliamentary democracy with strong checks and balances. "I'm declaring 36 hours of mobilisation", he told the crowd.
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State-run Anadolu Agency reported that three French nationals were arrested in Ağrı province, three Germans in Şırnak, three Italians in Diyarbakır and another Italian in Batman, all in Turkey's east and southeast. Monitors assume the role in order to confirm the votes used in the ballot boxes match up with the results transferred to the provincial stations and then to the YSK, comparing photos of the documents that are tried to be taken at every stage, again by smart phones and through sharing via social media.
The victory allows Erdogan to further consolidate political power and implement the constitutional reforms.
Voting on Istanbul's Asian side, 59-year-old Sebnem Uzgit said: "Our hope is Muharrem Ince".
"At each election, I come with hope". Without them, many said, the country could not function.
The campaign coverage has been lopsided in favor of Erdogan who directly or indirectly controls a majority of Turkey's media.
Peter Osusky, head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation, told The Associated Press that all observers "are strongly adhering to so-called code of conduct" regardless of their political opinions.
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The votes of the Kurdish minority will be especially crucial in the parliamentary poll. Some will even have to pass through security checkpoints to vote. The United Nations say some 160,000 people have been detained and almost as many more, including teachers, judges and soldiers, sacked.