Turkish citizens living abroad vote in referendum for new constitution
It is reported that Turkish citizens living abroad behave very much motivated to vote in referendum for the amendments to adopt presidential system in constitution. Approximately 2.9 million Turkish citizens abroad have been able to vote on the proposed constitutional changes, marking their fourth trip to the polls since Turkish citizens abroad were first able to vote in Turkish elections while overseas. The majority is in Germany, another country that has banned Turkish minister’s campaign rallies.
On the other hand more than 70,000 Turks in Netherlands are reported to vote in referendum. A high Turkish official in Rotterdam said 72,000 registered expatriates had voted since April 5. The authority has made three polling stations available in the Netherlands; The Hague, Amsterdam and Deventer. It is also reported that the polls were open until April 9.
Prior to this happening, Turkey and the Netherlands were involved in a row after the EU member canceled meetings Turkish ministers were supposed to hold with Turkish citizens in the country as part of campaigns for the upcoming referendum on major charter amendments. The crisis hit the top when the Netherlands prevented Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s plane from landing before expelling Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from the country. In said event on March 11 Dutch police used dogs, horses and a water cannon against Turkish protesters in Rotterdam.
It is also reported that Turks living in the United Kingdom started to vote in Turkey’s constitutional referendum on April 6.