Parties finalize candidate lists, submit them to Supreme Election Board
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARASep 18, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Sep 18, 2015 12:00 am
With the Nov. 1 early parliamentary elections approaching with less than two months left, political parties submitted their candidate lists to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Friday by 5:00 p.m. Political sources have said that the Republican People's Party (CHP) is not expected to make major changes to its candidate list from the June 7 elections, but the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been reported to be making major changes to its candidate list.The AK Party, which announced the suspension of a longstanding party bylaw that prevented AK Party members from holding a post for more than three consecutive terms during the party's recent fifth ordinary general congress, has received the majority of applications for candidacy nomination. It has been reported that the AK Party received over 3,000 applicants, while the CHP received over 500 and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) received nearly 2,000.
As the AK Party will announce its deputy candidates on Sept. 21, a commission chaired by Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoğlu will decide on the 550 candidates. It has been reported that the AK Party will give priority to veteran figures and those who were facing the three-term rule in the previous elections. Sources close to the AK Party have also said that deputy candidates from eastern and southeastern provinces will be completely altered and will be decided according to three criteria. The first is that the possible deputy candidate was born and raised in the region, the second is the possible candidate being known in the area, and the final criterion is the opinion of influential regional leaders.
The CHP is expected to announce former ambassadors as candidates as well as a number of singers and actors. Former CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal is another figure that is strongly expected to be announced as a candidate for the party. While the CHP is to hold its Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting in the upcoming days to make a final decision on the deputy candidates, it has been reported that deputies who were unsuccessful in June 7 elections will be eliminated.
The possible alliance between the AK Party and conservative Felicity Party (SP) does not seem likely after the SP insisted on its demands and a MHP-Great Union Party (BBP) union is yet to be announced. The MHP is not expected to make major changes to its deputy candidates and is solely focusing on the loyalty criteria for its candidates. The party administration will determine those who had criticized the MHP's result following the June 7 elections and those who had not dedicated time and effort for the party, will not be nominated as candidates. Similarly to the MHP, the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) will not make changes to its list.