Parliament selects new members for top television board

Turkey’s parliament selects three new members for board of Radio and Television Supreme Council

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s parliament selected three new members for the board of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) on Tuesday.

Governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) candidate Ihsan Yerlikaya, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) candidates Esat Ciplak and Arif Fırtına were selected to be the new members of the board.

According to the results of the elections, AK Party candidate Ihsan Yerlikaya received 327 votes while Murat Zelan received 19 votes. Among the MHP candidates, Hayati Bice received 28 votes and Esat Ciplak received 368 votes.

In the election for the third member of the board MHP candidates Arif Fırtına received 295 votes and Ismail Yolcu received four votes. Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidates Filiz Kocali and Nevruz Ugur received 157 and five votes respectively.

The HDP objected to results of the RTUK elections and announced that they are preparing to apply to the constitutional court for nullification of the elections.

HDP deputy co-chairman for human rights and law Meral Danıs argued that the “election was not in line with the constitution.”

Following Turkey’s June 7 election, the number of members on the RTUK board belonging to certain political parties was required to be made proportionate to the number of deputies each party has in the parliament.

The AK Party had to hand one of its seats on the board to either the MHP or HDP since both parties entered the parliament with same amount of seats.

TRTWorld and agencies