Good Party and Felicity Party leaders apply for candidacy
Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener and Felicity Party (SP) chair Temel Karamollaoğlu have submitted their applications to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on May 2 to run for the upcoming presidential elections on June 24 and need to gather 100,000 signatures to back their candidacy.
In her short statement, Akşener said she hoped her move will be “good for everyone.”
After his application to the YSK, Karamollaoğlu said they expressed their views to YSK chairman Sadi Güven about the election process. He will run for elections with 100,000 signatures because his party does not have a group in the parliament, Karamollaoğlu said.
Meanwhile, Akşener visited Karamollaoğlu after their application and discussed the alliance protocol on May 2.
According to the regulation, the presidential candidate can be nominated by a political party, which has received either at least 5 percent of the votes in the last election or has a group in parliament and 100,000 signatures from the electorate.
The nominees that will apply for candidacy outside of the parliament will pay 131,000 Turkish liras ($31,565) and those who can collect 100,000 signatures will be reimbursed following the election. If a candidate cannot collect enough signatures, their payment will be transferred to the Treasury.