Thousands of Syrian refugees living in Kilis camp in southern Turkey vote for leaders of different sections of the camp and for an 18-member administrative council.
The move is aimed at "introducing Syrian citizens to democracy and [...] provide the opportunity to gain experience in this field," the Turkish government said in an official statement.
Forty two candidates, aged over 30, have been able to launch election campaigns. They have been provided with flags, placards and technical support. Each of the six sections in the camp were required to have at least one female candidate.
The winners will help the local governor's office with the administration of services related to security, health, education and religion.
Turkey has been sheltering more than 150,000 Syrians who have been fleeing continuing violence in their homeland. The country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is an outspoken critic of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime and a supporter of opposition fighters.
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