Official Gazette publishes details of Turkey's snap election

Official Gazette publishes details of upcoming elections in Turkey as determined by Supreme Electoral Board

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Turkish Prime Minister give speech at an award ceremony in Ankara on Thursday.

Following that the Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) set Nov.1 as the date of an early election for Turkey last week, the Offical Gazette published the details of impending election on Thursday.

Depending on the results of address-based population registration system of Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) in 2014, YSK has determined the electoral districts and the number of deputies to be voted for each district in the election. 

Acoording to the statement released by the YSK, while regions which will return 18 deputies will be merged into single districts, cities with a number of deputies between 19-35 and more than 35 will be divided into two and three electoral districts respectively.

Accordingly, Ankara which has 32 deputies and Izmir with 26 deputies will be divided into two districts as Istanbul will consist of three electoral districts, with total of 88 representatives.

Electoral prohibitions and publication principles have also been declared in the Official Gazette.

Accordingly, free campaigning starts 10 days earlier than the voting on the morning of Oct. 22, and ends on the last day on Oct.31 at 6pm before the election day on Nov.1. 

Political parties and independent candidates that participate in the election will be allowed to campaign using announcements in print media and also using written, verbal or visual propaganda in their websites in this time. 

However, the political parties will not be authorised to send messages to personal accounts or to mobile/fixed phones of the citizens.

Also, questionnaires, surveys and forecasts which can be for and against to any political parties or canditates will not be legal during the 10-day period before the election day.

In the meantime, Turkish prime minister and leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu sent the invitations to 11 opposition deputies, offering them ministries in the interim government on Wednesday.

While he thanked the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy Tuğrul Türkeş for accepting his offer to take part in the interim cabinet, he harshly criticised the chairman of MHP, Devlet Bahceli saying ‘’It was Bahceli who closed every single door since June 7.’’

Davutoglu further criticised Bahceli saying that ‘’Bahceli says history will record this stance of Turkes to the nation, but the history will also record those who avoided taking responsibility at critical times.’’

Despite the fact that MHP and CHP had previously announced that they will not participate in an interim government, MHP deputy Tuğrul Turkes accepted the prime minister's offer on Wednesday. Turkes, who is the son of the founder of MHP, Alparslan Turkes, received intense pressure from his party to resign, which stated that Turkes would be expelled if he did not resign himself.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a mandate to Davutoglu to form a new government on July 9, starting a 45-day period during which coalition negotiations must take place. The parties didn’t agree in conditions to form a coalition. According to the constitution of Turkey, if an agreement to form a government cannot be reached within this period then an early election must take place.



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