Po­lit­i­cal par­ties re­lease elec­tion guide­lines for can­di­dates

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) and main op­po­si­tion the Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) have re­leased new guide­lines for can­di­dates, say­ing that they should be earnest and lis­ten to vot­ers.

The par­ties have pre­pared road maps for their can­di­dates to fol­low in the elec­tions. The AK Party guide de­mands their can­di­dates be earnest and stay away from ar­gu­ments. In ad­di­tion, the party rec­om­mends can­di­dates not mis­lead peo­ple with prom­ises that can­not be ful­filled.

The CHP’s book­let, “Per­sua­sion, Rhetoric, Pro­pa­ganda,” em­pha­sizes that deputy and party or­ga­ni­za­tion can­di­dates must pro­vide con­fi­dence. Ac­cord­ing to the book­let, be­ing nat­u­ral and hav­ing a crowded group for meet­ings are im­por­tant for the CHP’s can­di­date pro­file. Another point that draws at­ten­tion is CHP’s self­crit­i­cism, say­ing that the party lacks lis­ten­ing skills and can­di­dates should lis­ten to vot­ers care­fully.

With sub­mis­sions of deputy can­di­date list dead­lines to the Supreme Elec­tion Coun­cil (YSK) loom­ing, po­lit­i­cal par­ties have ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts to fi­nal­ize their lists. CHP leader Ke­mal Kılıç­daroğlu will meet the Party As­sem­bly and Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Board (MYK) on Sun­day, a day be­fore the dead­line, to shape the fi­nal can­di­date lists. Re­port­edly, Kılıç­daroğlu plans to re­ju­ve­nate the party; thus, younger candi- dates have an ad­van­tage. The AK Party’s deputy can­di­date lists will be de­liv­ered to the YSK next week. Along with the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the deputy can­di­dates, AK Party or­ga­ni­za­tions will be in pub­lic and meet­ing with the peo­ple un­til the sahur. Pres­i­dent Er­doğan and Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yıldırım will at­tend ral­lies and if­tar din­ners with cit­i­zens for both pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Mean­while, Er­doğan has warned party or­ga­ni­za­tions to work hard in the forth­com­ing elec­tions and will fre­quently ad­vise them to fo­cus on swing votes, re­ports say. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent news, the AK Party will tar­get the 18-20 per­cent of swing votes to channel them to the rul­ing party.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the AK Party will de­ter­mine party strate­gies spon­ta­neously to re­spond to in­stant de­vel­op­ments. Thus, the rul­ing party will have con­tin­u­ous phone sur­veys and in­stant mea­sure­ments af­ter ral­lies, re­ports say.

In June, the coun­try will hold both par­lia­men­tary and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, which will be the fifth and the sixth elec­tions in Turkey in the last five years.

Er­doğan an­nounced snap polls af­ter a meet­ing with Na­tion­al­ist Move­ment Party (MHP) Chair­man Devlet Bahçeli at the Beştepe Pres­i­den­tial Com­plex in Ankara, a day af­ter the lat­ter called for snap elec­tions to be held in Au­gust.

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