"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
~ Benjamin Franklin.
~ Benjamin Franklin.
On Monday Özgür Gündem published a list of the Thousand Hopes (DTP) candidates and the list contained 23 names.
Now, it should only contain 22 names. Here's what happened:
In Turkey, there are 14 customs, or border, stations in which people, mainly guest workers from European countries, can vote. In this recent election, 226,784 valid votes came in from in these customs stations representing 14 different parties with the following percentages:
ATP 0.60 %,
MHP 14.74 %,
AK Parti 56.75%,
TKP 0.18 %.
The Higher Election Board (YSK) declared it would divide the customs votes by some kind of mystery math known only to itself --because it's not clearly explained anywhere--and apply the votes throughout the country.
In Culemêrg (Hakkari) AKP got 29.000 votes and independent candidates got 43.000. According to these results Hakkari should have two independent and one AKP parliamentarian. The Thousand Hopes (DTP) independent candidate Sebahattin Suğvacı recieved 14,677 votes and passed the AKP candidate Özbek by 45 votes. Hence the 23-member independent list that ÖG posted on Monday.
However, by means of mystery math and the customs votes, the YSK applied 232 votes to AKP’s Culemêrg (Hakkari) district, so that AKP wins one more seat from Hakkari, unseating Sebahattin Suğvacı.
This means that voters not from Culemêrg effectively voted in and for Culemêrg.
It was AKP that insisted that everyone vote in their hometown in a political move designed by AKP to screw CHP out of votes but now, in a move designed to screw DTP out of votes, YSK applies non-resident AKP votes to Culemêrg, thus undercutting the residents of Culemêrg and their political will.
If AKP were consistent in its policies, it would have insisted that the customs votes be applied to the hometowns of the customs voters.
This means that there are officially only 22 DTP parliamentarians-elect and who knows how many others AKP will try to unseat before the final official results are announced on 27 July.
Ah, well . . . yet another milestone in the long democratic march of the Turkish Republic.
What Berxwedan said:
I’m not an optimist. I’m a Kurd. I believe that the Kurdish independent MP’s will do everything in their power to raise hell in the parliament, and I believe that they will fight for every oppressed voice in Turkey. Will the Turkish ruling AKP party take a brave step to solve the Kurdish question? Well, didn’t Erdogan “try” that in Amed (Diyarbakir?) He did, and we saw increased Turkish military operations where Kurdish guerrillas were killed by chemical weapons and people protesting against this, were gunned down indiscriminately.
Amen, brother. They're already off to a bad start.
Many thanks to the heval who poured through all the Turkish media reports to help clarify this situation as much as possible.