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Turkey on Twitter: Social media reacts to the elections

Erdogan supporters hail his victory, as opponents cast doubts on fairness of the electoral process
Turks wave flags outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul (AFP)

As Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected to the presidency during historic presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey on Sunday, Turks shared their experiences at the polls and reacted to the results on social media.

Erdogan declared his victory with a tweet saying “Devam” (“continue”), a reference to the election campaign during which the word “enough” (“tamam”) became a trending topic on Twitter after he promised to step down if the people wanted. 

Meanwhile, Muharrem Ince, the candidate for the Republican People's Party (CHP), the county's main opposition party, accused official news agency Anadolu of manipulating results.

Translation: Anadolu Agency is manipulating the results, they give the priority to the cities where Erdogan has won. I call onto all polling clerks not to get frustrated and not to leave the ballot boxes.

A delegation from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) warned on Monday that while voters had a genuine choice in the elections, there had not been an "equal opportunity" for candidates to compete and "a number of attacks and disruptions of campaign activities, mostly against the People’s Democratic Party (HDP)".

"The media landscape is dominated by outlets whose owners are considered affiliated with the government or depend on public contracts, which limits the diversity of available views," the report said.

On Sunday, several fraud allegations emerged in southeastern Turkey.

Around midnight, when more than 90 percent of the votes has been counted, Turkish journalist Ismail Kucukkaya posted a tweet saying, "I have texted İnce, and answering my question, he said: ‘The man has won.'”

After Kucukkaya’s post, "AdamKazandi"(“The man has won") became a trending hashtag among Erdogan supporters.

In a speech at CHP headquarters on Monday, Ince said that despite suspicions of fraud, he nonetheless recognised Erdogan’s victory: “Did they steal votes? Yes. Did they steal millions of votes? No. I accept the result.”

Meanwhile, many Turks criticised international media coverage of the elections.

A headline by British magazine The Economist reading “Turkish people should show Erdogan the door” was also slammed by some Erdogan supporters.

Translation: Turkish people showed The Economist the door

One voter took time out of her wedding day to cast her ballot.

Translation: I kept my word... WE WILL SUCCEED

Another picture of elderly people casting their votes also went viral on social media.