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Turkey’s top courts will be holding elections on Jan. 17 to replace the Chairman and five members of the Supreme Election Council (YSK) whose terms will end on Jan. 23.

The Turkish Court of Appeals will be casting ballots for the Chairman and two members, while the Council of State will elect three members.

All six members will need an absolute majority to get elected and will report to their new posts on Jan. 24.

The YSK will hold a closed ballot election to choose its new Chairman.

The soon-to-be-replaced Chairman and the terms of five members’ were meant to expire last year, but were extended to January 2020. The same decision had extended the 2022 term to January 2023.

The YSK has seven permanent members and four substitute members. In the local elections of 2019, all 11 members voted to cancel elections results for Istanbul – where the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) replaced the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its 13-year rule over the city.

The most popular four parties in parliamentary elections are granted permission to assign one permanent member and one substitute member to the YSK to observe proceedings. These members are not allowed to vote.