Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announces his ruling AK Party's manifesto for the next month's elections in Ankara, on May 24, 2018. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkey will relocate polling stations in some areas with a high Kurdish population, a move officials said would stop voter intimidation, but which the main pro-Kurdish party called a maneuver to keep it out of parliament in elections next month.It said the move was designed to keep the HDP below a 10 percent threshold of votes needed to enter parliament.The move was made possible by legislation passed in parliament two months ago authorizing the YSK to merge electoral districts and move ballot boxes to other districts.The electoral law, which triggered a brawl on the floor of parliament when it was passed in March, will also admit ballots that are not stamped by the local electoral board and allows security force members into polling stations when invited by a voter.
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