As Turkey's November 1 general election draws closer, the country's political parties are finalising their programmes for the election campaign period which will begin in October.
Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will hold at least 30 rallies mostly in "critical provinces" as part of its election programme while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) will continue with the same manifesto it put forward for the June 7 parliamentary election.
Turkish prime minister and AK party leader Ahmet Davutoglu promised at his party's congress on Sept. 12. a strong return to power in the early elections with a soul-searching guided by the founding principles of the party.
During the election campaign Davutoglu will concentrate on press conferences and TV programmes, along with special actions aimed at young and women voters.
Accordingly, the AK Party is expected to include more women and young people as candidates on its ticket.
Unlike in the lastelection Davutoglu will not be able to hold rallies in all 81 provinces due to time limitations. Rather, he will give priority to "critical provinces" with the lowest vote rates.
As for the opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP) announced that its manifesto will focus on a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue and the party has made few changes to list of the list of deputy candidates it is putting forward for the Nov. 1 general election,
The CHP's previous manifesto called for the rebuilding of democracy, the rule of law and individual freedoms - saying that these are the main prerequisites for Turkey to achieve economic growth and a technologically advanced society. It says it plans to increase the minimum wage and the minimum pension a retiree gets - currently TL 949 - by 58 percent to TL 1,500.
The manifesto also calls for the abolishion of taxation on the country's lowest legal level of remuneration.
The election manifesto will be announced by CHP Chairman Kilicdaroglu on Sept. 30 at a party meeting in Ankara while the final lists of the deputy candidates for the Nov. 1 general election have to be submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) before 5 pm on Sept. 18.