Duvar English

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to make changes in the electoral system when parliament reopens in October.

Members of AKP and its allied Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have been working on the changes and will do so despite parliament being on a break.

Various commissions were formed to work on the changes on the Law on Political Parties, Elections Law and Parliament Bylaws, sources told Duvar, adding that the first draft bills of the next legislative year will concern them.

The three issues were prioritized since they cause problems regarding the executive presidential system, a politician said, adding that the system would be “completed” with the proposed changes.

Various options are on the table for the parties, including lowering the 10 percent election threshold and switching to a single-member district system, sources said, while claiming that the new system will be “a unique one.”

Any changes made in the electoral system take affect one year after they’re backed in parliament.