Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will officially declare the start of his party's local election campaigns on Feb. 28., when he is expected to hold his first rally in Çanakkale.
Kılıçdaroğlu is scheduled to hold as many as 49 rallies between the start of the campaign season and local elections on March 30. The cities that Kılıçdaroğlu will visit include Niğde, Kayseri, Çorum, Amasya, Sinop, Bolu, Düzce, Karabük, Bartın, Zonguldak, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Aydın, Muğla, Tokat, Sivas, Gaziantep, İzmir and Antalya.
It is reported that he will not hold rallies cities in predominantly Kurdish southeast. In previous election campaigns, CHP held no rallies in the region due to historical grievances stemming from discriminatory policies on the part of past CHP governments against Turkey's Kurdish community.
After setting high goals in terms of nominating young and female candidates, the CHP has only nominated 46 women to take part in local elections.
Out of the 1,143 provincial candidates they nominated, only eight women were nominated to run as city representatives and 38 were nominated to run for provincial positions.