‘Yes' votes ahead, poll by opposition research company reveals

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 07.04.2017 21:42

As the constitutional referendum date nears, a recent poll conducted by the Gezici Research Company has revealed that "yes" votes are ahead at 53.3 percent.

The Gezici Research Company, which leans towards the opposition, conducted a research on April 1-2 across 24 provinces. While "no"votes stood at 46.7 percent, "yes" votes were at 53.3 percent.

According to the poll, the turnout rate will be around 80 percent.

Recently a majority of polling companies have revealed that the Turkish nation is largely in favor of the constitutional reform package that proposes a new governmental system. The Ankara-based Objective Research Center (ORC) announced that 57.2 percent of respondents in a poll will likely vote "yes" to the constitutional change, whereas 42.8 percent of the respondents are expected to vote "no."

Additionally, the polling company GENAR revealed that 55 percent of the respondents are in support of the changes and 45 percent are expected to vote "no."

The A&G Research Company, which was the only firm to correctly predict the results of the Nov. 1 elections back in 2015, announced that 54 percent of the Turkish nation will likely support the changes.

The proposed law gives executive powers to the president and vice president while abolishing the post of prime minister. It also lowers the age of candidacy for Parliament from 25 to 18 and increases the number of parliamentarians from 550 to 600, in accordance with the country's growing population. The number of Constitutional Court members will also be decreased from 17 to 15.The same law proposes general elections be held every five years, instead of the current four years, with the presidential election also set to take place on the same day.

The president will be able to appoint presidential aides and ministers on his or her own, and will also have the right to unseat them. In addition, there will be no "Council of Ministers" but there will be ministers. Moreover, the president will have both the executive power and authority within the limits of the law.

Aside from the change to an executive presidency, other reforms include allowing the president to maintain party political affiliation. There are also changes to Turkey's highest judicial body, which would be renamed, while retaining its independence and own budget.The reform package sets 2019 as the date for Turkey's next presidential and parliamentary elections.

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