With daily campaign rallies and politicians' speeches, Turkey is gearing up for local elections to be held across the country on March 31. According to election regulations, local polls in Turkey are held every five years. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming elections: 1. How many political parties are taking part? A total of 12 political parties will participate in the local elections. The major parties are the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Good (IYI) Party, and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). Also taking part are the Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Grand Unity Party (BBP), Democrat Party (DP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Saadet (Felicity) Party, Communal Democracy Party (TDP), and Patriotic (Vatan) Party. 2. When the candidate lists will be finalized? According to the official election schedule, the political parties must submit their candidate lists to the election councils by Feb. 19 at 5.00 p.m. local time. After evaluating the candidates, the election councils will release the final lists on March 3. 3. What about voter registrations and polling stations? Apart from exceptions under the law, every voter will vote at the polling station where they are registered. Turkish voters can learn the name and location of their polling station using the e-government online system.