Groups of demonstrators have already began throwing stones at riot police despite votes still being counted.
Fires have been started in the streets and flares have been hurled as officers battle to control the crowds with tear gas and water cannons in the wake of today’s vote that will see a shock new government overhaul.
Earlier today, officers have arrested 10 foreigners of France, German and Italian descent who have been accused of posing as some of Turkey’s eye-watering one million ballot box monitors shipped in to stamp out voter tampering.
The three French, three German and four Italians have been taken to a police station while another team arrested a group of three people after pulling them over in Urfa and finding four sacks brimming with fake voting cards.
The three were on their way to a school used as a polling station when they tried to flee police, who were forced to fire their guns into the air to get them to pull over.
Before they did eventually stop, the sacks and ballot cards were thrown into the road.
In another group-related incident, a mass brawl broke out when scours of citizens voted in bulk at polling station in Suruc.
Though no additional information on the fight or whether any information has been released yet, it follows News four people were killed after an election campaign by another candidate caused tempers to flare.
As a result, police have cracked down on groups and separated them in a bid to prevent a breakout of riots across the country as votes are counted.
Police have also been doing the rounds up and down the country monitoring election boxes.
Emotions are running high today as the vote ushers in a powerful new executive presidency that is only backed by a small majority of Turks who say the new system of government will further erode democracy in the Nato member country.
A 2017 referendum to put the special presidency in place was won by election front-runner President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who campaigned endlessly to scrap the country’s role of prime minister entrenching a controversial one-man rule.
He said: “Turkey is staging a democratic revolution.
“With the presidential system, Turkey is seriously raising the bar, rising above the level of contemporary civilisations.”
President Erdogan, the most popular but divisive leader in modern Turkish history, argues the new powers will better enable him to tackle the nation’s economic problems such as the plummet of the Lira and Kurdish rebels in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
Opponent, Muharrem Ince, however, gave a feisty performance at a rally among thousands of supporters of his Republican People’s Party, putting President Erdogan’s leadership at risk.
He said told his followers: “If Erdogan wins, your phones will continue to be listened to, fear will continue to reign.”
Source : EXPRESS