Will Turkey’s June 24 elections be cancelled?

Abdulkadir Selvi, a columnist known for his “insider” reporting on Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), made waves on Wednesday by suggesting that June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections could be cancelled.

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court will consider an opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) application to cancel new electoral laws passed by the government as unconstitutional.

The new laws, introduced in March, include the introduction of party parliamentary alliances – which the CHP is not objecting to – and a series of measures altering ballot box security that the CHP argues will make elections easier to fix.

If the Constitutional Court agrees with the CHP’s logic and cancels the changes to the electoral law at this stage, Selvi wrote, the elections could be cancelled.

“The CHP applied for the cancellation. It would be supposed that (President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan did not make the CHP apply. But in high places there is a rumour that the government will make the Constitutional Court cancel the elections,” he said.

But, Selvi said, “the Constitutional Court does not work to government order … they can take decisions that the government does not want.”

The head of the parliamentary Constitutional Commission, AKP deputy Mustafa Şentop, also denied that the elections could be cancelled.