No HDP candidate in Istanbul, İzmir

No HDP candidate in Istanbul, İzmir

No HDP candidate in Istanbul, İzmir

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has announced that it will not name any mayor candidates in Istanbul, İzmir and the southern metropolis of Adana in the March 31 local elections.

Spokesperson Saruhan Oluç told journalists in Ankara on Jan. 28 that efforts on nominating candidates in other big cities continued.

“We have decided on sacrifices in some places in the name of democracy, democratic rights and freedoms to strengthen the struggle for democracy in Turkey,” he told journalists in Ankara, while evaluating recent party meetings.

“These sacrifices are not to the benefit of one party or another,” he said, while commenting on the election strategies of the party.

Oluç also said local election authorities have rejected some 95 percent of their applications over the registration of 37,000 voters across the country. Oluç said the party would appeal to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) over the issue.

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