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Turkey’s new election law sparks questions over ballot box safety

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A draft law overhauling Turkey’s Election Law and Political Parties Law was submitted to parliament this week by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The draft was submitted a day after the two parties announced that they have established what they call a “People’s Alliance” for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

This alliance will work to the advantage of both parties. The MHP will be able to enter parliament even if it fails to garner sufficient votes to pass the 10 percent general election threshold. The AKP will be one step closer to having President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan elected as the executive-president in the first round of presidential elections slated for November 2019.

This legal change could also stimulate other minor parties, like the Great Union Party (BBP), to try to join the AKP-MHP alliance in return for a few seats in parliament.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have strongly criticized the changes, saying they violate the criteria for fair elections.

CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Özgür Özel described the changes as an “indecent proposal” intended to “hijack the people’s will” for the benefit of two parties.........

© Hürriyet Daily News