Over 7000 apply for mayoral candidacy with ruling AKP for Turkey’s upcoming elections

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Elections Directorate on Saturday announced they have received 7180 mayoral candidacy applications for the country’s March 2019 local elections, Gazete Duvar reported.

The application period, which began on Nov. 5, came to an end on Friday at midnight, it said, while the directorate will continue to receive applications for both general provincial and general municipal council membership until Dec. 3.

Turkish local elections are held every five years.

The upcoming local elections are set to take place on March 31, 2019  throughout the 81 provinces of the country. The leading AKP won 18 out of 30 metropolitan municipalities in the last local elections in 2014, receiving 60 percent of the votes.