Opinon by Doğu ERGİLThere is a coalition that clamors for early elections. They say, the way seats are distributed does not reflect fair representation of the electorate. Indeed the Justice and Development Party received 34.4 percent of the votes cast by 26 percent of registered electors in the 2002 general elections. This is the character of the existing election system. However, the party holds 66 percent of the seats in Parliament because the system favors the party that receives most of the votes. An additional practice of imposing a 10 percent election threshold truncates political participation. The outcome is obvious: a party who received one quarter of national votes rules the country single handedly. This creates tension. Nevertheless, those who oppose this adverse outcome in the name of safeguarding the secular and modern qualities of the republic are 'accessories to the crime.' It was they who brought this election law in the name of political stability by avoiding coalition governments.
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