Jan 01 2018

Electoral High Commission rejects Good Party request for voter data

Turkey’s Electoral High Commission rejected a request by the newly formed nationalist Good Party for voter data on the grounds that it did not fulfil the requirements to stand in an election, the party said in a statement tweeted on Monday.

But the party said that as of its congress last month it had fulfilled the prerequisites required to enter a national election and therefore should be given the data.

Turkey requires parties to be organised in at least 41 out of its 81 provinces and to be officially organised in at least one third of the districts including the central district of each of these provinces.

The Good Party, an offshoot of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), is seen as the opposition party most likely to lure away nationalist elements of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s base.

 

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