Turkish election regulator allows Erdogan to speak

Complaint of pro-Kurdish party to prevent President Erdogan speaking public at opening ceremonies was rejected by top election authority

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s election regulator rejected complaint of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) claiming speeches of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the founder and former leader of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), breach electoral rules on presidential impartiality.

A complaint was submitted by the HDP to warn Erdogan allegedly for breaking the restrictions that forbid the president from becoming involved in party politics.

Erdogan is the first directly elected President, who received 52 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential election.

The HDP called for the election board to issue a warning to Erdogan over his comments “as if he were the leader of the governing party.”

Presiding the country as prime minister for 12 years before becoming president in August 2014, Erdogan has been giving speeches at opening ceremonies across Turkey.

In his speeches, Erdogan promotes the presidential system, which is in AK Party’s election manifesto and challenged by the main opposition parties, and to change the constitution.

A political party needs 330 seats in the Parliament to change the constitution to transform into the presidential system in Turkey.

The Supreme Election Board issued a ruling dismissing the complaint unanimously on May 5.

The HDP needs to win more than 10 percent of votes in general elections on June 7, to be able to participate in Parliament as the fourth largest party. 

Political parties of Turkey need to win 10 percent of the vote to enter parliament under the constitution which established after a military coup in 1982.

TRTWorld and agencies