HDP co-chair Demirtaş wants election results to bring new constitution
Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) cast his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Istanbul, Turkey, June 7, 2015. REUTERS PhotoPeoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said the election campaign was difficult and he hoped the elections results will bring a new constitution, speaking before casting his vote in the Sultanbeyli district of Istanbul.
“We have completed a difficult election campaign as of yesterday. I hope we all will wake up to a just and free life tomorrow morning,” said Demirtaş, before casting his vote.
“We did not have a democratic race. Despite all the injustices and unlawful practices, we tried to keep hope. I believe we have achieved this even before the ballots are opened. Our hopes will be permanent if the results will be good,” he said.
“Whatever the election results will be, nobody should lose their hope. We want this election to prepare the ground for a new constitution that will guarantee that nobody feels alienated,” he said.
“We are not casting our votes for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren. Our future will come out from the ballots,” Demirtaş added.
“Despite all difficulties, we believe that we will achieve and create a free tomorrow together. I believe we will strengthen life together. I hope the results will be good for the entire country and people. I call on everyone not to lose hope and excitement for the future. This country has a very strong democracy dynamic. We trusted that democracy dynamic when we ran for the elections,” he said.
“Everyone will cast their votes with their free will. All we wish for is that when the ballots are counted in the evening, the results will contribute to domestic peace, freedom and democracy,” said Demirtaş.
He also called on those who worked on the ballots today to pay attention to the safety of the votes. “These votes are used with much effort. The party officials and those working here should pay attention to protect the votes,” said Demirtaş.