Mayor threatens citizens wanting to vote in privacy: You’ll lose job, be arrested

The mayor of Turkey’s eastern province Mus allegedly threatened voters who wanted to put their stamp on the ballot paper in privacy.

Goksel Kavcan, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayor of Mus accused voters who wanted to vote in cabins – the normal procedure – of being members of the Fethullah Gulen Movement, which authorities call a “terrorist group” and accuse of being behind last July’s coup attempt.

An election observer at the school polling station told Haber Sol news site that the mayor had threatened citizens saying ‘‘those who vote by secret ballot are the supporters and members of [the Gulenist movement]. They are going to get in trouble. They’ll be arrested and lose their jobs.’’

Government officials had been accused of criminalising ‘No’ voters during the referendum campaign.