TKP: “We won’t be part of reactionary policies”

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) on Monday released a statement regarding the re-do local elections of June 23 in İstanbul. TKP announces that the party members will not go to the polls considering that the two mayoral candidates from the ruling party and the opposition echo each other on reactionary and pro-market policies
Monday, 17 June 2019 21:05

The Central Committee of TKP has made a new statement on the upcoming local polls in İstanbul. As the communist party had participated in the mayoral polls in İstanbul and around the country on March 31, it decided to withdraw its candidate and not to go to the polls in the repeated elections in İstanbul after the Supreme Election Council (YSK) had unlawfully decided to annul the election results of March 31, through which the opposition alliance had won, in favor of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Mentioning that Turkey's communists will not be a part of the reactionary policies on which both candidates echo each other, the statement is as follows:

To our people

The Communist Party of Turkey had immediately announced that the annulment of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality elections was unlawful just after the annulment decision, that Ekrem İmamoğlu had been elected as the Mayor of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and that the TKP candidate, Zehra Güner Karaoğlu, for the March 31 elections would not be nominated again for any repeated elections.

The natural aspect of this attitude is to boycott the unlawful elections of June 23 and to reject any kind of participation in the polls. However, the candidate who had won the elections and the political alliance that supports him adopted a different attitude and decided to participate in the elections, thus making an influential boycott actually impossible.

The justification, “We can win again in any case” is inappropriate, and it covers up the real problem. The real problem for Turkey is not whether İmamoğlu or Yıldırım wins the elections. The real problem is the apparent usurpation of universal suffrage, and this theft was unfortunately admitted.

Worse still, both the AKP and the opposition systematically attempted not to turn June 23 into a referendum through which the ruling party could be completely questioned, and overt and covert attempts gained momentum in order to seek for normalization with the architects of the unlawfulness on March 31.

As the Turkish society has been compelled to take the side of one of the two candidates, on the one hand, anti-secularism and fierce pro-market policies, which have been implemented by the ruling party for years, were imposed as the most distinct points of the agreement between the two candidates, on the other.

When the Communist Party of Turkey said, "Ekrem İmamoğlu is the Mayor of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality”, it was not defending him and the politics he represented but an improved understanding of justice. This understanding was the basic reason that led us to ignore İmamoğlu’s and his alliance’s decision to participate in the repeated elections and to make a call for an influential boycott.

However, both our understanding of justice and our political responsibility oblige us to maintain our attitude towards the annulment decision of the elections against the reactionary and pro-market agreement that have been imposed on our people during the repeated electoral process.          

The members of TKP will not go to the polls to show that we are not doomed to this agreement, with which many people are discontent yet stay silent for now, to be prepared for the dangerous developments that will emerge after the elections, and not to be part of the attempts to legitimate the reactionary policies.

This is not a call for boycott, but a political attitude. Our Party is acting by knowing that the working people of Turkey will further need this attitude as of June 24.