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Briefing on further reforms to Turkey’s electoral system

Briefing on further reforms to Turkey’s electoral system

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15 March 2018

Significant changes to Turkey’s electoral system are set to alter the country’s political landscape

  • The ban on electoral alliances has been lifted, allowing the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to formalise its relationship with the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)
  • Further amendments tighten security measures while loosening other aspects of oversight
  • The government argues the changes will improve voter safety and participation, critics claim that only the ruling AKP and its MHP allies will benefit

Further changes have been made to the rules governing elections in Turkey. The new legislation, passed by lawmakers in the early hours of March 13, will come into effect before local, parliamentary, and presidential elections scheduled to take place in November 2019. The bill’s 26 provisions are the product of negotiations between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its allies in the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)…

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