CHP is the sole party in Turkey to conduct primaries

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As the deadline to submit their candidates in the run-up to the June 7 parliamentary elections nears, political parties in Turkey have been involved in the endeavor of fine-tuning their lists of candidates before the submission deadline.

The bell had already tolled, as a decision by Turkey’s top election body prompting many to hold their breath was published in the Official Gazette late on April 4. Accordingly, political parties will have to name their candidates for at least 41 provincial constituencies by April 7. Otherwise, they will not be able to run in the June 7 elections.

CHP is the sole party to conduct primaries

As the sole party to conduct primaries, the social-democratic main opposition CHP has already named 362 of their candidates in 55 constituencies. It will name the rest of its 188 candidates, including 37 candidates who will have the chance to use the right to a quota, at a party assembly meeting which will kick off at 8 p.m. on the evening of April 6.

The Central Executive Board (MYK) of the party has given CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu carte blanche to name the 188 candidates. The names of those candidates selected by Kılıçdaroğlu will be submitted to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) after they are approved by the party assembly on the evening of April 6.

In total, 2,822 people have applied to become a nominee and run on the CHP ticket.

During the primaries, party members selected fresh faces, including a considerable number of females and young individuals, at the cost of disappointing the old guards who once held power within the party. Accordingly, it is already clear new names will make up the majority of the CHP’s electoral lists.

Kılıçdaroğlu is expected to hold rallies in more than 50 provinces, with the first held in the Kartal district of Istanbul on April 11. The election declaration will be announced in Ankara on April 19.


About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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