Turkey.. “Justice and Development” decides to low the electoral threshold

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On Monday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ally submitted a draft resolution to the parliament’s presidency, including a proposal to lower the electoral threshold for entering parliament from 10 percent to 7 percent.

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The joint proposal of the two parties bore the signatures of all their deputies to Parliament.

Under the proposed draft resolution, every political party in Turkey would be able to enter parliament once it obtained 7 percent of the vote.

The draft resolution also stipulates that the political party wishing to participate in the elections must hold its major conferences twice in a row in the states and districts.

Thus, political parties that have parliamentary blocs are not entitled to run in the elections.

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Unless it has held its conferences at least twice during the period specified in the Political Parties Law and in its bylaws.