The Justice and Development, or AK, Party, which has been in power since 2002, has revealed its list of candidates for the June 7 general elections as Tuesday's deadline closed, SIA informs citing the AA.
Like all other political parties which presented their candidates for the general polls, the AK Party had to submit its list to the Supreme Election Board, or YSK, by 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Tuesday.
"Out of all 550 candidates, there are 451 male and 99 female names compared to the 2011 elections distribution of 78 female and 472 male candidates," AK Party Deputy Chairman and Party Spokesman Besir Atalay told a press conference at the AK Party headquarters.
He also stated that they have put in 132 current deputies from the 24th term of the Turkish Parliament in the new list of candidates.
As for the educational backgrounds of the new candidates, Atalay said the list was comprised of two primary school graduates, 43 high school graduates, and 319 names with a bachelor's degree and 186 with a master's degree.
Atalay stressed that they did not include, as a general principle, the close relatives of present deputies or names within the AK Party who applied for the elections.