Turkish government ally MHP calls for electronic voting system

After the far-right MHP’s appeal to the election council regarding the Kütahya municipal election was rejected, the party’s deputy chair Feti Yıldız has called for the implementation of the electronic voting system in Turkey “to end the controversies.”

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Turkish government ally, far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy chair Feti Yıldız on April 13 called for the implementation of the electronic voting system across the country. 

His call came after the MHP’s appeal to the Supreme Election Council (YSK) regarding the Kütahya municipal election was rejected.

In a social media post, Yıldız said the YSK rejected their appeal for the renewal of the Kütahya election which they applied on the grounds of “complete illegality.”

“For a variety of reasons, notably that the investigative process does not allow for the elaboration of details, there is a lack of uniformity in the outcome of appeals (to the YSK). To put an end to all these controversies, it is a must to adopt the electronic voting system. Legal arrangements should be made without delay,” Yıldız added.

In the local elections held on March 31, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) surprisingly won the Kütahya Municipality with 29.69% of the votes, whereas the MHP remained at 29.25%. There remained around a 600 vote difference between the two parties. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remained at 27.71% in the Aegean province.

Last year in June, YSK President Ahmet Yener said Turkey would “eventually switch to the electronic voting system, whether in the next election or after two or three elections. We are planning to conduct a study after the local elections and present it to the parliament and our political parties (in this regard).”