Crises won't affect the fair .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - The candidates for metropolitan sub-provincial municipalities mostly spend between 30,000 and 300,000 Turkish lira on their campaign. "For each of the 2,000 municipalities there are at least five candidates and when calculated, the average expense of one equals 100,000 lira which totals 1 billion lira," said Aslan.

It seems like the biggest competition will take place among candidates for village headmen. There are 50,000 neighborhood units.

Aslan said each candidate spends at least 10,000 lira on fliers, posters and banners. "They also have to print ballot papers," he said. When considering there are two candidates, the average expense comes rises to 500 million lira. And the total expense of candidates totals 1.5 billion lira.

Noting that village headmen mostly spend money on fliers and posters, Aslan said the financial crises would not affect expenditure in local elections.

According to Aslan, the fair will bring together candidates and firms to discuss prices and products, and candidates can decide what they want in just one day. "The fair makes everything easier for both sides," said Aslan. Half of the firms will be different in the Ankara leg of the fair that will be held over three days.

"The centers of the political parties are based in Ankara and they do most of the purchasing," said Aydın, adding that northern Cyprus will hold elections on April 19. "We are expecting politicians from northern Cyprus as well."