Communist Party of Turkey calls on people to defend right to vote

Reminding that general suffrage is one of the most important gains of the humanity in its struggle for equality and freedom, the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) called on the people "to defend right to vote". TKP also noted that the elections in Turkey has been turned into a show and said "We will not leave our right to vote to the mercy of Erdoğan and his Supreme Electoral Council. TKP will do its part to raise the people
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:54

Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) called on the people to defend their right to vote given that elections in Turkey has been turned into a show through recent regulations in the elective system.

Stating that general suffrage is one of the most important gains of the humanity in its struggle for equality and freedom, TKP noted that the ruling classes around the world took some measures in time to prevent representation of the people in the general assembly realising that general suffrage threatens their rule.

TKP reminded that 10 percent electoral threshold in Turkey serves to this end, saying "Therefore, elections are not a means for the people for self-determination, but a mechanism of choosing among the bourgeois parties that will deceive the people for a certain time." TKP also added that the recent regulations of Erdoğan even put an end to this strategy, turning the elections into a show that will yield on any accounts the results Erdoğan wants. 

"TKP will not, for sure, accept such a show, knowing that the emancipation of the people depends on an organised struggle and denying a political perspective limited to the elections" , the statement said. TKP announced that the statement marks the beginning of a widespread struggle against the elective system guaranteeing the supremacy of Erdoğan in the eyes of the people.

The statement of TKP called on the people to sign the five-point text and share it with other people. The text stated "As a Turkish citizen, I declare that an election not guaranteeing the demands below is not legitimate", listing the following demands:

1. Electoral ink should be put into effect again to hinder to a certain extent multiple voting.

2. Unsealed ballots and envelopes should be disannulled.

3. Regulations preventing the representatives of political parties to guard ballot boxes should be changed.

4. Ballot papers should be changed so that they provide equal opportunities to every party rather than providing convenience for allied parties.  

5. Regulation that enables the security forces to be on duty around the ballot boxes should be changed since it means interfering in the free will of the electors.