Results reporting ban lifted; early lead for Erdoğan expected
As of 6.30pm local time, Turkey’s supreme election board has lifted its ban on the reporting of election results – originally in place until 9pm.
Results should now start trickling in, more than two hours before they were initially expected.
The picture is is likely to remain unclear for some hours yet, however. That’s essentially because results from Erdoğan’s rural and conservative heartland tend to be declared early, while Kılıçdaroğlu’s strong urban support comes through later.
Analysts have said they expect an initial lead for Erdoğan that should be clawed back by Kılıçdaroğlu in the course of the evening.
Updated at 13.08 EDT
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