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Government blackmailing voters with another election: CHP

Oct 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

A Justice and Development Party (AKP) official’s suggestion that Turkey will again head to the polls if the Nov. 1 polls do not produce a majority government are tantamount to blackmail of the country, the main opposition has said.

“If a result resembling the June 7 results emerges, I’m afraid there will again be talk of elections,” AKP Deputy Chair Mehmet Ali Şahin said recently.

Turkish president attaches ‘vital importance’ to Nov. 1 vote, urges OSCE to be fair

Oct 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The Nov. 1 snap election is the key to getting Turkey out of the instability and insecurity it was dragged into after the June 7 election, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has argued, while reiterating an earlier warning to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be fair in its evaluation of the upcoming elections. 

AKP seeks return of votes that went astray

Oct 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Ali Kayalar.-

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is expecting a comeback of nearly 7 percent of its voters, who had earlier casted their vote for the party but stepped back in the June 7 election, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said. 

“The political outlook that emerged after [the] June 7 [election] will bring the AKP new votes due to a search for political sustainability and a powerful government,” Kurtulmuş told Hürriyet Daily News during an interview on Oct. 26. 

‘672,000 voters across Turkey magically disappeared from Nov. 1 voter lists’

Oct 27 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

The names of around 672,000 people who cast their votes in the June 7 general election are missing from the voter lists that were prepared ahead of the Nov. 1 snap election, according to a statement made by Republican People's Party (CHP) İzmir deputy Erdal Aksünger during a press conference on Monday in İzmir.

Turkish citizens casting their votes abroad for Nov 1 polls increased

Oct 26 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The number of Turkish citizens who cast their votes at Turkey’s missions abroad and at boarder gates for the Nov. 1 elections up until Oct. 25 increased by more than 230,000 people in comparison to the June 7 elections. 

Out of 2,899,000 voters who reside abroad and were eligible to vote for the Nov. 1 polls in Turkey’s 113 foreign missions in 54 countries and at border gates, around 1,264,000 of them cast their votes between Oct. 8 and 25. 

Pro-gov’t media accuses Oy ve Ötesi of election fraud, seeks to discredit vote monitor group

Oct 25 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Oy ve Ötesi (Vote and Beyond), a civil society initiative that has mobilized thousands of people to monitor the reliability and transparency of the vote counting process in an effort to prevent election fraud ahead of the snap election on Nov. 1, has brushed off accusations by the pro-government media that it has teamed up with anti-government groups to itself commit election fraud.

MHP leader warns of ‘chaos’ under single-party AKP rule after Nov. 1

Oct 23 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Turkey’s nationalist opposition leader has given a stark warning a week before the Nov. 1 snap elections, suggesting the rise of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power as a single-party government might lead to “chaos,” as it would encourage President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to impose his aspirations for a presidential system.

“The Nov. 1 elections are more important than the June 7 elections. The results of this election may lead to notable chaos [and] nightmares [for the country],” Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said late on Oct. 22.

Document reveals police were warned of possible ISIL attack before Ankara blasts

Oct 23 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

A document recently brought to public attention by the FOX TV channel has revealed that in September, the National Police Department warned police stations across the country to take strict security precautions because the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was planning to carry out a large-scale attack in Turkey.

Davutoğlu promises to find spouses for unmarried if AK Party is elected

Oct 23 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Acting prime minister and Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Chairman Ahmet Davutoğlu signaled his party's intention to establish a matchmaking agency in order to assist those who wish to get married, during an election rally on Thursday.

Davutoğlu's remarks, which sparked wide commentary on Turkish social media, came during a rally in Şanlıurfa, where he called on people to turn to the government if they have difficulty finding a spouse.

Opposition furious at PM’s warning about return to era of unsolved murders

Oct 21 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Opposition party leaders have furiously responded to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s claims that a government without the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would lead to a period similar to the 1990s, an era of unsolved murders and disappearances mostly in the predominantly Kurdish-populated eastern and southeastern Anatolia.

Netherlands investigates AK Party letter to voters for violation of privacy

Oct 21 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

An investigation has been launched by the Dutch authorities about an election campaign letter sent by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to Turkish citizens living in the country, seeking to find out if the privacy of those Turkish citizens was violated in order to obtain their addresses, the Zaman daily said on Monday.

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