Erdogan, seeking to cement presidential powers, leading in Turkey's vote count

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers his speech during an election rally in Yalova Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has remained the clear favourite to win the presidential race, which would see him emerge with new executive powers granted by the 2016 referendum that saw Turkey vote to move to a presidential system.

In the presidential poll, Erdogan has over 58 percent against his nearest rival Muharrem Ince of the secular Republican People´s Party (CHP) with over 27 percent, state-run Anadolu news agency said, based on a 27 percent vote count.

"It's urgent for Turkey to shift to the new system in order to make decisions and take concrete steps regarding our future".

Polls closed at 5 p.m. local time, and though Turkey does not have exit polls, the Supreme Electoral Council said it hoped to announce preliminary results before midnight.

Election monitors criticized Turkey for denying entry to two monitors who Turkey accused of being politically biased.

An AK Party official said it expected Erdogan to win the election outright in the first round with at least 51 percent.

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Polls are undecided about whether the AKP can meet that goal.

National Alliance parliamentary candidates vowed that if they secure majority control of the legislature, they will try to roll back the Erdogan-backed constitutional amendments narrowly approved in the controversial 2017 referendum.

Muharrem Ince cast his vote in the city of Yalova.

Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed Turkish-Kurdish politician, is also a candidate for the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party's (HDP).

In the parliamentary election, the AK Party leads with 54 percent of the vote, with 8.7 percent of the ballot boxes opened. Initiated by "Oy ve Ötesi" (Vote and Beyond) a few years ago, there are now dozens of such groups organizing tens and thousands of volunteers across the country - either to sign up as ballot observers from the lists of political parties or as independent observers, as permitted by Turkish election law. The opposition has claimed that could lead to voter fraud. "But in the southeast, like in Urfa, it's a different picture".

The HDP has complained about the measure, which it said disproportionately affects Kurdish voters.

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The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party is nearing the 10% electoral threshold to enter parliament, with 9% of the vote. If it does so, it will be harder for the AKP to get a majority.

Recent economic troubles have been expected to play a major role in voting intentions after the Turkish lira dropped to record lows against the U.S. dollar and inflation surged over the past year. Erdogan has pledged to lift the state of emergency after the elections.

The campaign coverage has been lopsided in favor of Erdogan who directly or indirectly controls a majority of Turkey's media. His speech was broadcast by the A Haber TV channel.

The figures he claimed could not be independently verified, but images circulating on social media showed vast crowds of people assembled to hear Ince speak. He listed the hospitals and transport infrastructure constructed under his 15 years at Turkey's helm as proof of his leadership, and slammed his opponents for lacking vision.

The votes of the Kurdish minority will be especially crucial in the parliamentary poll.

The AKP's results are expected to be lower than they were in the 2015 election, when the party received almost 50 percent, achieving a comfortable majority in the parliament.

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