Opposition says ‘unusual’ conditions led to decline in votes

Leaders of opposition parties claim ‘extraordinary’ situation in country caused disappointing results in Nov. 1 snap election

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Votes seen getting counted in this Nov.1 file photo.

Updated Nov 2, 2015

Opposition parties claim “extraordinary situation” in the country is to blame following receiving disappointing outcome on the Nov. 1 snap elections in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) saw a spectacular surge in votes, with a 10 percent increase

The snap election came after parties failed to form a coalition government following the June 7 election.  AK party won 316 seats in parliament, more than enough to form a single party government.

276 seats were needed for a single party government.

The election outcome showed that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) collected 25. 4 percent of the votes, bringing the party 134 MP, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) saw significant drops in their ballot boxes.

Holding a press meeting after the election, HDP co-chairs emphasised on an “extraordinary situation” in the country that led to the decline in their votes, claiming it was a “tense political environment created by AK Party.”

HDP co-chair Figen Yuksekdag who recently said in hopeful remarks that the new election threshold of the party would be 13.1 percent, after the party overcame the 10 percent election threshold during the June 7 election, said that they “cannot evaluate the Nov. 1 election results independently from the abnormal conditions.”

According to Yuksekdag, HDP experienced the “most difficult” campaign process among the four main political parties.

Yuksekdag also added that “it is clear that there is a regression compared to the June 7 election. We will have a comprehensive discussion on dimensions of this regression.”

HDP votes decreased by one million since the June 7 election, contrary to AK Party which saw a 4.5 million increase in votes.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also said that the country voted in an “extraordinary environment” mentioning the “terror attacks” the country was faced with.

“It may have been a different result only if we did not have such extraordinary results,” he added.

However, CHP’s votes remained steady, only seeing an increase by nearly 400,000 votes to 11.9 million.

In the meantime, MHP’s votes dropped to 5.6 million from 7.5 million votes nationwide.

Experiencing such drops in support, nationalist rooted parties MHP and HDP took the biggest hit at the polls during the snap election following the resistance to reconcile over a coalition government that was highly criticized by the public.

Learning from mistakes

When asked if he plans to resign, CHP leader said that “we have increased our votes but we do not see it as success. Success is measured by becoming a governing party. Our board will evaluate and we will progress in the framework decided.”

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas emphasised that HDP has become the third largest party in parliament, adding that HDP gained its “victory” despite the party losing a million votes.

''As the parliament's third largest party, country's every problem is HDP's problem and we will work towards resolving them. We will complete our insufficiencies and carry HDP to the 2019 election stronger," he said, noting a comprehensive evaluation would be released in following days.

TRTWorld and agencies