Turkey's new voting law – a further slip towards autocracy

  • Mihajlo Kopanja
  • 16.3.2018 15:31

Turkish parliament passed on 13 March a new voting law which modifies electoral rules in favour of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).  

The law stipulates that Turkey`s High Electoral Board can merge electoral districts, ballot boxes can be moved around districts, and ballots need not be stamped by local electoral boards to be valid. Additionally, citing security concerns, especially in those regions inhabited by Kurds, the new law allows security forces to be present at polling stations. Furthermore, electoral alliances can now be created, thus allowing AKP and its nationalist allies to secure a greater majority in the parliament. This law comes in the context of EU's report on lack of positive impact of the pre-accession funds provided to Turkey since 2007. The € 9 billion in funding failed to strengthen Turkish of rule of law which was considerably weakened in the aftermath of last two elections, the attempted coup d’état and a referendum which changed Turkey's political system from parliamentary republic to presidential. The new electoral law is the latest of Erdoğan's efforts to consolidate his own power, while pushing Turkey further towards autocracy and farther away from the EU.

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