The conservative islamist Justice and development party (AKP) has won every election since it came to power in 2002. Much thanks to an economic framgångsvåg.
But now the Turkish economy is in big trouble. Inflation is high as well as unemployment and last year's currency crisis, when the lira lost more than 30 per cent of its value has resulted in negative growth.
intensively before today's election, and his message has been that the country's poor economy is a result of the attacks from the west.
" the Purpose behind these increasing attacks against our country before the elections, is to stop the emergence of a large and strong Turkey, said the president of one of the six rallies he held in Istanbul the day before the election.
In the year valsamverkar the ak party with the ultranationalist MHP in some of the larger cities.
more than 57 million people are eligible to vote in local elections. Polling stations close at 19 american time and one hour into the måndagsdygnet should preliminary results be clear, writes the news agency Reuters.