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Pre-electoral PACE delegation voices concerns over Turkey’s early elections

Oct 08 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

A delegation of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voiced concerns over pressure on media, recent violence on political party premises and highly disproportionate coverage of different political parties by state-owned media during their meeting in Ankara Oct. 5-6.

A seven-member cross-party delegation of PACE noted the early parliamentary election campaign is being conducted in a dramatically changed environment, compared to the June 7 elections, in a statement released after a pre-electoral visit. 

CHP outlines communication strategy for snap election

Oct 08 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has specified its communication guidelines ahead of the Nov. 1 general election, asking members to “avoid all statements that intimidate ethnic or religious minorities.” 

It also requested that party members avoid placing placards and posters at historic, cultural or religious buildings for propaganda purposes. 

Voting for the Nov 1 polls starts abroad and at customs gates

Oct 08 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Voting for the snap elections on Nov. 1 has started at Turkey’s representatives in foreign countries and at border gates across the country. 

A total of 2,895,885 Turkish citizens living abroad are eligible to vote either at 112 foreign representative offices in 54 countries or at 30 customs gates on Turkey’s borders and international airports. 

The voting at foreign representative offices and border gates started on Oct. 8, through the voting schedule of the many offices vary. 

YSK’s rejection of ballot box relocation an ‘erosion of authority,’ says PM

Oct 06 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has joined criticism of Turkey’s top election authority for its refusal to call for the relocation of ballot boxes in several eastern and southeastern districts, though Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş voiced confidence that security forces and local administrations would find a “formula” for a safe election.

Speaking to private broadcaster Habertürk on Oct. 5, Davutoğlu said the Supreme Election Board (YSK) should consider the appeal to relocate ballot boxes under current delicate security conditions. 

Erdoğan: Supreme Election Board to be held responsible if problems occur in election

Oct 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said “If we face a problem, the Supreme Election Board [YSK] will be held responsible,” claiming the YSK made the wrong decision when it rejected requests from local election boards in several districts in the restive Southeast to move polling sites for the upcoming Nov. 1 election.

Erdoğan campaigns in EU, asking voters to adopt stance against terrorism

Oct 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has long been criticized for his arguable violations of constitutional impartiality, has called for nationalism and a stance against terrorism, while implicitly asking for votes for his former party in the Nov. 1 snap election, during his campaigns in France and Belgium.

Intellectuals warn controversial Article 301 resurrected in form of Article 299

Oct 05 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

A number of prominent intellectuals have warned that the notorious article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which was amended by Parliament in 2008, has been resurrected in the form of TCK Article 299, which is frequently being used as the basis for cases where there are charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

New constitution, presidential system high on AKP’s agenda

Oct 04 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced its manifesto for the Nov. 1 elections, keeping promises to focus on a new constitution and a presidential system together with bold and assertive pledges on the economy.

While presenting the party’s manifesto Oct. 4, AKP leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu paid respects to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the founding leader of the AKP.

CHP backs AKP vice chairman on debate on moving polling stations

Oct 02 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Justice and Development Party (AKP) Vice Chairman Mehmet Ali Şahin’s suggestion that Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) does not have the authority to move polling stations is correct, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Secretary-General Gürsel Tekin has said.

“I congratulate Mehmet Ali Şahin on his status as a legal expert. There is, for the first time, a correct voice from the AKP,” Tekin told the Hürriyet Daily News on Oct. 2. 

“I agree with what [Şahin] has said. The constitution is clear. The YSK cannot take such a decision,” he added. 

Two assailants who injured journalist Ahmet Hakan revealed as AKP members

Oct 02 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Two of the four suspects who were detained after a physical assault that injured prominent Turkish journalist Ahmet Hakan have been revealed as members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Four men, arriving in a black Honda at 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 1, attacked the daily Hürriyet columnist in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood as he was returning home after hosting his television program on CNNTürk.

Opposition leaders absent in protest as Erdoğan addresses Parliament

Oct 02 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Political tension in Turkey's domestic politics was amply reflected in the opening of the new legislative year in Parliament on Thursday, with no opposition party leader present as the president addressed Parliament.

Deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) left Parliament when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the floor to deliver his speech on the occasion of the opening session.

A battle of words sometimes took place between some other opposition deputies and Erdoğan during his speech.

Document shows gov’t ignored attacked journalist Hakan’s security request

Oct 01 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet
Hürriyet columnist and CNN Türk program host Ahmet Hakan legally requested a security detail to be appointed by the Turkish government 17 days before a physical attack targeting him on Oct. 1, legal documents show, while the Istanbul Governor’s Office said that Hakan did not request security on the day of the attack as he was granted ‘security upon call'.
 

Four men, arriving in a black Honda at 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 1, attacked Hakan in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood, as he was returning home after hosting his television program. 

CHP appeals to younger generations with straightforward promises

Sep 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) has presented a detailed framework for its program ahead of the Nov. 1 elections, listing concrete and down-to-earth promises it says will solve problems in the divisive issues of democracy and the rule of law, the economy, foreign policy, education, as well as societal peace and the Kurdish issue.

Plan to move ballot boxes for ‘security’ sets gov’t, opposition at loggerheads

Sep 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Turkey’s interim government and opposition parties are at odds on the prospect of moving polling stations in the upcoming Nov. 1 snap election, with the main opposition party leader saying such a step would make the results “shady,” raising questions over “the presence of the state” in certain places.

Election tension to loom over opening of parliament

Sep 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet

Nuray Babacan - ANKARA.-

Turkey’s parliament will open its putative fall session on Oct. 1, but the end to the summer recess will be overshadowed by snap elections set for Nov. 1, as well as a spiral of violence between the state and outlawed militants.

Lawmakers were elected in June 7 elections, but MPs have so far only sat for 22 hours and 23 minutes since the polls. The Oct. 1 session also marks the last time that legislators will sit this term before the Nov. 1 elections.

AK Party asked YSK to outlaw Şanlıurfa mayor’s campaign slogan in 2009

Sep 30 2015
Turkey
Source: 
Todays Zaman

Turkish media have reported that a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) official filed a complaint with the Supreme Election Board (YSK) asking it to outlaw the campaign slogan of Şanlıurfa Mayor Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba ahead of the 2009 local election, claiming that he was abusing religious symbols in the name of politics in billboard advertisements.

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