Statement of ballot box abroad by Tezcan from CHP: There is an intention!

CHP Deputy Chairman for Foreign Organization and Aydın Deputy Bülent Tezcan criticized the decision taken by the Supreme Election Board (YSK), while increasing the number of ballot boxes in some countries and shortening the voting period in some countries.


Tezcan, on the subject, said, “The Supreme Election Board; In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, the second round of voting time was reduced to 2 days. There are very serious justified reactions on this issue, from citizens and voters. Our desire should be to increase participation, to ensure the highest level of voter participation, to increase the opportunity to vote. It is impossible to understand this decision,” he said.

Bülent Tezcan continued, “When the Supreme Election Board published the calendar for the first time for the first time, it determined the dates of the voting in the second round.” The Supreme Board of Elections published its decision numbered 142 on April 2023. For the second time, it regulated the voting periods abroad, including in the United States, England, Canada and Australia. It also stated that there will be voting between May 20 and May 24. To this “Despite the fact that yesterday evening, the hasty reduction of the voting period to 2 days is unacceptable and a practice that creates serious doubts. We object to this. We also objected to the Supreme Election Board. We will follow this up, we will submit our objection petition today,” he said.


Explaining that the citizens traveled 350-400 kilometers to vote, Tecan from the CHP said, “They wait in line for 3.5-4 hours, they vote. According to the planning of the Supreme Election Board, it is not physically possible for the voters to cast their votes between those dates when we look at the number of voters there. “If they sit down, take a pen and paper in their hands, and do mathematical calculations, there is no way to vote. This means that we do not want the voters to vote there. When we wonder why they do not want to vote, we see it when we look at the ballot box results. In all of these places, 70 percent to 80 percent.” Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu votes are up to the highest rate,” he said.


Stating that the increase in the number of ballot boxes is good, Bülent Tezcan said, “However, in the same decision, the Supreme Election Council returned last night and increased the number of ballot boxes in Belgium and some other European countries. But while increasing the number of ballot boxes in the ballot boxes where Erdoğan is ahead, reducing the number of voting days in ballot boxes where Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is ahead is either an intention or not knowing a job. I don’t think that not knowing a job is behind this business. It must be returned,” he said.


Stating that it is unacceptable to leave the election security to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tezcan said, “As in the decision of April 16 in these 4 countries, or as in the decision in which the first election calendar was announced, it is necessary to ensure that voting is done between 20 May and 24 May. The excuses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are High. There can be no justification for the decision of the Election Board. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is an officer appointed by the president. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not a judicial organ. The Constitution states that elections will be held under the supervision and control of the judiciary. The Supreme Election Board is a constitutional institution established to carry out this task. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot manage elections. “Such a decision means entrusting the election to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We have objected to this and we are following it,” he said.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by

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