Turkey awaits the March 30 local elections. However, interestingly enough, the party working the hardest for the upcoming elections is the AK Party, which has had a steady rise in votes.
All polls show that the AK Party has raised its vote percentages from 39 percent in previous elections, up to 45 percent. And this is, without a doubt, an incredible picture for a party that has been in power for the past 12 years, and it is only natural that it may be worn out.
Despite all the success, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is attending rallies in two cities almost every day. The local organizations of the party rallies are far superior to those of its rivals. Prime Minister Erdoğan's request from the people of Turkey is to go and vote.
I say "interesting" because in contrast to the governing party's excitement and energy, the opposing parties are running campaigns almost out of formality. They don't seem to care about the votes.
Aren't free and general elections the way to take down the ruling government in democratic regimes? Then, how can we explain the fact that the opposing parties are giving up hope, while they form alliances right before the elections? What kind of a "victory" does the Turkish opposition want?
The answers to these questions lie in the lynching campaign run against political ethics and democracy and against the party in power and Erdoğan himself.
Up until now, some circles have gotten used to the "comfort" of governments established by the people's will being taken down by military coups, and now, instead of convincing the voters, they seek help in conspiracies. That is why, the opposing parties and certain circles leave their ideological differences behind, and they resort to any kind of manipulation available. [The main opposition] Republican People's Party (CHP), which ran the country with a single-party regime for years with the help of the military, is one of the strongest actors in this anti-democratic alliance. Another is the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which made quite a name for itself in the past with its paramilitary organization. Recently, the Gülen Movement was in the spotlight for their illegal organization in security and jurisdiction bureaucracies, and now, they have teamed with the CHP and the MHP. A former imam, Fethullah Gülen, runs this organization, and in order to manipulate the elections by using its power within the government, it works in cooperation with the opposition.
People are being wiretapped, and among them are politicians from the AK Party, journalists who support them, businessmen, scholars and even ordinary citizens.
Secretly, they are being filmed with the footages montaged. These data are being used either for characters assassination or for blackmail.
The sole aim of this anti-democratic alliance is to have the legitimacy of the government questioned through manipulation, and afterwards to push the country into chaos where ballot boxes will become [a thing of the past].
However, in the last decade, there has been an increase in the living standards of Turkish people, and upon the end of the 30-year war [against terrorism], the people will finally enjoy peace. Turks are determined to protect the ballot boxes.
Although they haven't reached a perfect standard, the people do see that they are freer with the government's democratization packages.
They notice that it is Erdoğan who is persistently calling citizens for elections, who longs for a "dictatorship," but it is not those who endeavor to get rid of the ballot boxes.
The crowds at the governing party's election campaigns are, I believe, the most obvious evidence for this.