Turkey election threshold proposal bars vote within a year - columnist

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) has prepared draft legislation that would bar holding elections within one year, Hürriyet newspaper columnist Abdulkadir Selvi said.

The measure is part of a legal proposal lowering the vote threshold required to enter parliament to 5 percent of the national vote from 10 percent, Selvi said on Tuesday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will present the draft to Devlet Bahçeli, the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which is in an alliance with the AKP. Most opinion polls show public support for Bahceli’s party in high single digits.

The proposal also includes a provision dividing Turkey’s larger cities into smaller election districts, Selvi said. It will also end a requirement for a political party to have an official group in parliament to take part in an election, he said.