AKP to amend electoral laws ahead of 2019 local elections
An amendment to the current electoral regulations will be made ahead of the 2019 elections' href='/search/local elections'>local elections, and this amendment should take place one year before the polls, the ruling Justice and the Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Mahir Ünal told reporters on Feb. 9.
The AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed to keep Turkey’s current 10 percent national election threshold unchanged as part of the alliance formed between the two parties, Ünal said.
The ruling party envisages a single envelope to be used in a single ballot in elections' href='/search/local elections'>local elections, he noted, adding that work on the ballot paper is still underway.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül, the parliament’s constitutional commission head Mustafa Şentop and the AKP spokesperson Mahir Ünal, as well as MHP lawmakers Mehmet Parsak, Mustafa Kalaycı and İsmail Faruk Aksu, have begun working on a set of legal changes to the electoral law and political parties’ law.
The work of the commission is continuing, Ünal said.