Apr 23 2019

Turkey’s election council says presidential decree sackings do not disqualify voters

Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) on Tuesday decided that those who have been fired by the presidential decrees following the attempted coup attempt in 2016 will remain eligible to vote, pro-government newspaper Hurriyet reported.

The decision by the council arrives after the country’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) applied to cancel the Istanbul election citing irregularities, including improper registration of voters, which affects more than 20,000 votes.

AKP’s deputy chief Ali Ihsan Yavuz, who is spearheading the objections to the council is also leading a move to cancel the Istanbul vote due to votes cast by those sacked by the presidential decrees in the past.

The Turkish government has sacked tens of thousands of public servants from different backgrounds and sectors for almost three years since the 2016 failed coup.

The YSK while ruled that those sacked former public servants can vote, also decided to investigate 41,132 individuals who were presidents and members of balloting committees.