The Law on Presidential Elections accepted and put into effect on 20 January 2012 decided that presidential elections will be held in 2014 instead of 2012; within 60 days before the end of the seven-year term of incumbent President of TurkeyAbdullah Gül, who will be the last indirectly elected President of Turkey. As Gül took office on August 28, 2007, the first possible day could be June 29th, but a date between August 10th and August 17th is considered more reasonable. 
The presidential elections campaign will be held in an "American manner", where candidates can accept personal donations for their campaigns; however, one person cannot donate more than 8,259 TL (approximately $4,500 USD) for a campaign.
It was suggested that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had decided upon a controversial strategy to polarize the electorate. He told parliament in November 2013: "Those who are neutral will be disposed of" and was, thus, received with chants of "Everywhere is Tayyip, Everywhere is Erdogan!" an echo of anti-government protesters chant "Everywhere is Taksim, Everywhere is Resistance!" used during the 2013 protests in Turkey.