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Jailed HDP candidate Demirtaş makes campaign speech through wife’s phone

Jun 06 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate from the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), reached out to voters through his wife’s phone on June 6, holding a campaign “rally” from his prison cell in the northeastern province of Edirne. 

Demirtaş on June 6 issued his first, and possibly only, audio message of the campaign, using the weekly 10-minute telephone call he is permitted to make to his wife Başak.

Turkish opposition agree to work on ‘strengthening parliamentary system’

Jun 04 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Opposition alliance agreed to intensify talks to prepare a roadmap for the post-election period in order to ensure “a strong parliamentary system,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party leaders stated after a meeting.

“The electorate is expecting us to build a strengthened parliamentary system, in which democracy is fully implemented and parliament is strong,” said İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener, after visiting CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at the CHP headquarters on June 4.

Jailed HDP candidate Demirtaş allowed to campaign on state-run TRT

Jun 03 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Supreme Board Election (YSK) has granted Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the right to conduct audio-visual campaigning to be aired on state-run TRT ahead of the June 24 presidential election.

The YSK granted presidential candidates President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Muharrem İnce, Meral Akşener, Temel Karamollaoğlu, Doğu Perinçek and Demirtaş permission to campaign through audio-visual material to appear on state-run TRT.

Top Turkish court rejects appeal against election law

May 31 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) application for the annulment of several articles of the electoral alliance law on the grounds of election security.

The electoral alliance law, allowing political parties to form alliances for the first time in Turkish politics, was ratified by the Parliament on March 13. The court's decision was important as there are only 24 days left for the snap parliamentary and presidential elections in June.

Good Party gradually unraveling with series of resignations

May 30 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

With less than a month remaining for the presidential and parliamentary elections, resignations continue to plague the newly established Good Party (İP). Most recently, the founding member and general board member of the İP, Ruhat Mengi, resigned from her duties, blaming the party of being different than it is being portrayed

MHP unveils election manifesto promising 'national revival'

May 27 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has unveiled its election manifesto ahead of the June 24 early elections. The manifesto, with a tagline “National Revival, Blessed Uprising”, calls for reforms to bring economic relief to farmers, retired people and families of disabled, martyred people and veterans. 

The MHP election manifesto emphasized five topics, including "Smart state and public administration", "justice", "combatting corruption", "multifaceted and multi-dimensional foreign policy" and "industrialization and SMEs."

Turkey’s main opposition unveils election manifesto

May 27 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on May 26 unveiled his party’s election manifesto, which vowed to find solutions to “five main problems of Turkey.”

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu read out his party’s 230-page declaration, prepared under the slogan “We are coming for the nation,” in the capital Ankara. He also introduced the CHP candidates running for parliament in the June 24 early elections.

ODIHR opens observation mission for Turkey’s snap elections

May 24 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) formally opened its election observation mission in Turkey on May 24 for the snap presidential and parliamentary elections to take place on June 24.

Along with 12 experts based in Ankara, 22 long-term observers and will be deployed throughout the country, OSCE Ambassador Audrey Glover told reporters in Ankara on May 24.

I will lift state of emergency day after elections if elected: Meral Akşener said

May 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

If elected, İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener promised on May 18 “to lift Turkey’s state of emergency the day after the snap elections.” 

“The state of emergency will be lifted the day after I’m elected,” Akşener said, addressing thousands who had gathered for a weekly airing of broadcaster Halk TV’s interview program.

“I will find a trustworthy logistics firm,” she said, declaring her objectives set to be accomplished on June 24 if she gets elected in the snap polls.

CHP presidential candidate İnce vows new constitution, new democracy

May 20 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Muharrem İnce, the presidential nominee of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has vowed a new constitution reinstalling a strong parliamentary system guaranteeing democracy and the rule of law if elected in the June 24 snap election. 

İnce unveiled his election manifesto on May 19, the 99th anniversary of the launch of the War of Independence by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey in Samsun, a Black Sea costal city from where Atatürk started a three-year war against occupying forces in 1919.

Presidential spokesperson Kalın denies post-election ‘peace process with PKK’

May 18 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has denied any new peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), after a chief presidential advisor suggested that such an initiative could be launched after the June 24 snap election. 

“Our president’s agenda does not include such a solution process. The struggle against the PKK will continue,” Kalın said in a written statement issued on May 18.

More than 59 million eligible Turkish voters in snap election: Election Board

May 15 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

There are a total of 59.4 million eligible voters in Turkey and abroad, Supreme Election Board (YSK) Chairman Sadi Güven said on May 14. According to Güven, there are 56.34 million eligible voters in Turkey and 3 million Turkish expats entitled to cast their votes in the June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary elections.

The number of first-time voters is 1.65 million, while a total of 180,869 ballot boxes will be set up on polling day, Güven added. Turkish expats will vote in 60 countries at 123 diplomatic representations.

HDP appeals to Ankara court for release of jailed Selahattin Demirtaş

May 15 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

The lawyers of Selahattin Demirtaş, the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), have appealed for his release from jail, saying his official candidacy constitutionally necessitates active participation in the election period.

Demirtaş’s lawyers appealed to the Ankara 19th High Criminal Court on May 15 demanding his release, stating that Turkey’s constitution and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) legislation stipulates the “right to a free election.”

Power to women under Turkey's new action plan

May 14 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Daily Sabah

The government conducts and will carry out projects to empower Turkish women whose rights and access to employment are often overlooked in male-dominated society.

In his party's manifesto ahead of the June 24 elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pledged to end "every tradition of the age of ignorance targeting women." The Ministry of Family and Social Justice already works to empower women with projects to improve gender equality for women, which have lagged behind men in every field, courtesy of a patriarchal mindset.

CHP’s İnce rejects to use presidential powers if elected

May 11 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

Muharrem İnce, the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate, has vowed he will never use the presidential powers granted by the 2017 referendum on constitutional amendments in the event that he is elected as president. 

“There are vast powers given to the president. But I will not use them. I will be afraid to,” İnce said at an event with representatives of civil society organizations in the Black Sea province of Trabzon on May 11.

Turkish citizens in hurry to be registered as voters ahead of June 24 early elections

May 08 2018
Turkey
Source: 
Hurriyet Daily News

People are standing in long queues outside civil registry offices across the country to be registered as voters for the upcoming June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. 

The voter lists have already been posted at neighborhood councils for people to check if their names are on the list as eligible voters.  The deadline to notify authorities of change of address is May 12. 

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