The statement that will be discussed before the elections in Turkey on May 14, was made by the former head of the Supreme Election Board (YSK), Tuvan elves Questions the legitimacy of his third presidential term Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In statements made to Yeniçağ newspaper, Alghan said that the Turkish president could not be a candidate for the third time.
CHP chairman and opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu has said in the past that Erdogan cannot run for a third term. Based on my experience, I think so, that it can’t be a candidate.
“He can only run if the National Council calls for early elections,” said Elghan, who chaired the Supreme Election Council from 1996 to 2004.
In fact, Elghan also referred to the question raised more than 20 years ago, on November 3, 2002, whether or not Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be a member of parliament.
According to Article 11 regarding election to parliament, those convicted under Article 312 of the Turkish Penal Code cannot be elected as members of parliament. Then Erdogan placed himself, as the first candidate in the first constituency in Istanbul and the first on the electoral list. This is how he managed to get on the provisional list of Parliament.
Then the question that was raised was whether or not he could be a parliamentary candidate. In the council, which consisted of seven members, the votes were three for and three against. Algan then voted that he could not be a candidate. However, neither the government nor the opposition objected to the electoral lists.
The Supreme Electoral Council, as claimed by the English edition of the Duvar newspaper, on March 24 unanimously approved Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request to run for the third time, giving a “green light” and raising the question of whether such a thing is legal.
How does the Supreme Council for Elections work?
The terms of reference of the Supreme Elections Council, according to Turkish Euronews, are concerned with all provisions that guarantee the administration and conduct of elections in a fair and transparent manner.
It is a constitutional council that considers all complaints and objections to election fraud, takes the final decision and announces the results to the public quickly and safely.
What does the government say about Erdogan’s nomination?
Erdogan was first elected president in 2014. He was later re-elected in June 2018 under the new presidential system. According to the new system, the president can be elected twice.
Government circles indicate that there is no legal point of contention for Erdogan to run again, as the system is new and the role is different after the constitutional reform of 2017, as the president has a different role.
However, according to Article 101 of the Turkish Constitution, the president is limited to two terms. Changing the constitution requires the votes of two-thirds of the members of the Turkish National Assembly (400 deputies), which is lacking in the ruling coalition led by Erdogan and Bakhli.
Erdogan could also run if parliament decides to hold snap elections, which would require an affirmative vote of 360 out of 600 deputies.
However, the Turkish president used the power to call early elections, since the government has 334 deputies and will not be able to pass the law through the Turkish National Assembly.
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