A supporter of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) stands in a tree during a campaign event in Istanbul, Turkey May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir
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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 that 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 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.Should the HDP fail to reach the threshold, its votes would be split between other parties, which would strongly boost AK Party's numbers and likely guarantee it a majority.
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