7 February 2011 /CIHAN URAL
State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, who is in Germany for official talks, has assessed plans that are underway to enable Turkish citizens living abroad to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Speaking on Saturday, Arınç mentioned that the only way Turkish citizens living abroad can vote in elections in Turkey is by coming to the border points and said: “We are not settling for this. We have work underway to enable citizens to vote at embassies and consulates or at least through the mail and e-mail.”
He explained that in order to provide additional opportunities to vote, they must also take into consideration the security and legal framework in the respective country and noted that as soon as they are able to find a formula that is consistent with the framework of the country in question there is a possibility that Turkish citizens will be able to cast a vote via e-mail. “This is what we are in pursuit of. We care about this issue very much. It is very important that each and every one of our citizens is able to express their political preferences. I hope that Turkish politics will be able to benefit from this in the June elections,” he said.