No irregularities in Turkish election that would have affected the outcome – CHP opposition

CHP presidential candidate İnce blasts election night ‘hoaxes’

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce has blasted “hoaxes” that circulated on social media after the June 24 election in a series of tweets before his three-hour meeting with CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. 

CHP leaders

If they can get their act together, they may have a chance next time.

“They, everything told, written or shared on the election night, were all lies, claiming I was silenced, threatened, kidnapped or was put in a position where I could not make a statement. I did not send a tweet saying ‘there were things that you do not know.’ That screenshot was fake, a hoax,” İnce said in a series of tweets on July 2.

He reiterated that the CHP could not detect an irregularity in the election that would have affected the outcome.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was re-elected by receiving the majority of votes in the first round of elections on June 24.

İnce, who vowed to “keep up with the struggle until Turkey would become a country for us all,” said he would start to tour the country on July 4.

Kılıçdaroğlu and İnce met for a dinner at a hotel in Ankara late July 2 to evaluate the election results and determine the party strategy ahead of the local elections, which could be moved from March 2019 to late 2018.

The two figures did not release a press statement after their dinner, which took three hours.

It was the first time that they met face-to-face after the elections.

“I will not run against [Kılıçdaroğlu] and be his competitor. I will not commit such disloyalty to a person who has presented me as a presidential candidate,” İnce said on July 1, as inner-party debates were the center of attention within the CHP following the election results.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Election Turkey – 1999

1999 electionGoing through some old papers the other day I came across a graphic I’d cut out of a newspaper back in 1999. It was a map of Turkey with the results of that year’s parliamentary election showing regional distribution of seats for all political parties. I’m attaching a more recent version in the interests of readability.

Five parties won seats in that election, and three independents. The largest share went to the 74 year-old Bülent Ecevit, whose Democratic Left Party (DSP) won 22% of the vote, and formed a coalition government with Devlet Bahçeli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP – 18%) and Mesut Yılmaz’s Motherland Party (ANAP – 13%).


Some changes after all the votes were counted, I guess

It was a measure of the people’s desperation in the face of 100% annual inflation and ongoing war in the southeast, that they brought back Ecevit – who had last served as Prime Minister 20 years before – and relegated the three parties most recently governing the country to the role of minor players.

Also noteworthy:

  • The Republican People’s Party, these days the most vociferous critics of the present government, failed to pass the 10% threshold and won no representation.
  • The Kurdish Party (HADEP) also failed to pass the threshold – which is possibly an argument for lowering the bar to 5%.
  • The western parts of the country, currently committed CHP supporters, in 1999 were firmly behind Ecevit’s DSP.
  • The Islamic Virtue Party (FP – 15%) had re-emerged under yet another new name after being repeatedly closed down and banned by the secular establishment.
  • Conspicuous by its absence is the Justice and Development Party (AKP) – which came into existence in 2002 as a result of voter disillusionment with the ongoing parliamentary shenanigans – and has now provided by far the country’s longest continuous period of stability since the death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.