Simple Guide To Election Day Key Facts For Tourists

Simple guide to Election Day: Key Facts for tourists

What date is the election day in Turkey?

The Election Day on Sunday March 31st, 2024 voting will be held to elect a municipal officials at the Municipal Elections. And with that in mind, has prepared a guide for tourists so you can follow up.

What time is the voting on Election Day?

Voting takes place from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on March 31 2024.

How will voting be done on Election Day?

There are approximately 61 million eligible voters for the current election in Turkey.

Voters are allowed to cast their ballots at one of the local schools nearest to the residential address.

Here is how voting will happen:

Voters go to the assigned polling places at the local schools as the polls open for voting.
The manual method of voting and results transmission remain the legally approved methods in Turkey.

When will we know the election results?

On March 31 the results of the municipal election will be announced at 23:59.
The announcement of the final election results will be made by the Supreme Election Council (YSK).

What to know about the Election day if you are a tourist in Turkey?

The election campaigning allowed for the ten days before the election will end on 30 March and the election silence will start at 06:00 p.m or 18:00 hrs.

Publishing polls, surveys, or anything that could influence votes is also prohibited in the 10 days following the country’s vote.

Will alcohol be sold?

On election day March 31, the sale of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited from 6 a.m. until midnight.
However, the tourists staying in all-inclusive hotels in Marmaris and Icmeler will be served free alcohol as usual.

Will staff in hotels and tourist destinations work?

Most of the long-term staff’s home is Marmaris or Icmeler. As for the new staff those will go home to cast their votes. Despite of that all hotels in Marmaris and Icmeler will remain open on the election day March 31, 2024.

Since the voting begins at 08:00 AM most drivers, captains and hotel and tour staff will be able to cast votes before work on Sunday. Regular tours and attractions will be running and open.

Will shops be closed?

The markets and supermarkets will be open as usual but the Wines, Beers & Spirits departments will be closed.

Will entertainment be available?

Many entertainment venues will be closed or restricted to solely serving food to patrons.

Will transport be available?

The vast majority of Marmaris’ public transport will be running as usual on the Election day. There are no road closures announced in Marmaris or Icmeler.

Will cafes and tea houses be closed?

Coffeehouses, tea houses and internet cafes will be closed on election day.

Will weddings take place on the day of elections?

Weddings may be held after 6 p.m. on the Election day.

Will schools be open the next day?

Schools will be closed on Monday, April 01, 2024.

Are there any security concerns?

For the past few weeks there have been gunfire attacks on a campaign event in Istanbul and major arrests in Sakarya Province on suspicion of plotting attacks ahead of the election. Exercise normal safety precautions while in Marmaris Turkey.

Sources: Resmi Gazete,, Daily Sabah