AK Party to sur­vey del­e­gates about may­oral can­di­dates

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE RUL­ING Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) will hold a meet­ing on Nov. 18 with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 160,000 del­e­gates where cri­te­ria for ideal can­di­dates in the up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions are ex­pected to be de­ter­mined.

In the meet­ing, del­e­gates will be re­quested to write three pos­si­ble names in prov­inces and dis­tricts that are not run by the AK Party cur­rently, while two pos­si­ble names will be asked in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties al­ready run by the party. The re­sults will be ob­tained im­me­di­ately af­ter the vot­ing and will be sub­mit­ted to Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan.

Also, the party is sched­uled con­duct ten­dency sur­veys with del­e­gates which will in­clude ques­tions on the per­for­mances of lo­cal heads, their re­la­tions with pub­lic, mu­nic­i­pal­ity ser­vices, the cur­rent mayor’s per­for­mance and rec­om­men­da­tions on pos­si­ble can­di­dates.

Speak­ing at the World Town Plan­ning Day meet­ing, Er­doğan said yes­ter­day that the AK Party will gain vic­tory in the March elec­tions with the ef­forts of AK Party mem­bers and with the sup­port of the na­tion.

“The March 31 elec­tions are an op­por­tu­nity for us to ex­plain ser­vices made in the lo­cal and gen­eral ex­tent,” the pres­i­dent said. As part of the prepa­ra­tions, the of­fi­cials of the AK Party have also pre­sented field re­search and sur­veys con­ducted for the up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions to Er­doğan in a meet­ing ear­lier this week, where the names of Par­lia­ment Speaker Bi­nali Yıldırım, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sü­ley­man Soylu, and AK Party Deputy Chair­man Mehmet Özhaseki came to the front row in the Is­tan­bul, Ankara and İzmir met­ro­pol­i­tan mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

In the meet­ing, Er­doğan con­vened a dis­cus­sion with the rel­e­vant staff of his party in or­der to lay ground­work for the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions sched­uled in March 2019. Also, the field analy­ses and sur­veys con­ducted by lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions for two months were pre­sented to Er­doğan. A de­tailed anal­y­sis for Ankara, Is­tan­bul and İzmir prov­inces was sub­mit­ted to the pres­i­dent in a sep­a­rate file, which fo­cuses on strate­gies to win the elec­tions in the three met­ro­pol­i­tan mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Re­port­edly, Yıldırım stands out as an ideal can­di­date in the sur­veys con­ducted for the Turkey’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, Is­tan­bul.

Yıldırım had served as the coun­try’s fi- nal prime min­is­ter un­til ear­lier this year, when the post was abol­ished un­der con­sti­tu­tional changes. He pre­vi­ously ran for the Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party (CHP) strong­hold of İzmir but lost against in­cum­bent mayor Aziz Ko­caoğlu de­spite the party’s votes wit­nessed a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease.

Also, while Soylu’s name has been men­tioned for all three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Özhaseki is seen as a pos­si­ble can­di­date for Ankara in the re­port.

For Turkey’s south­west­ern in­dus­trial Deni­zli prov­ince, Ni­hat Zey­bekçi, the deputy chair­man of the AK Party Eco­nomic Poli­cies Board, comes to the fore.

It is also re­ported that Er­doğan sig­naled that a max­i­mum of two deputies can be nom­i­nated as a can­di­date for the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in or­der to pre­vent los­ing deputies in Par­lia­ment.

Last month, the party launched its lo­cal elec­tions cam­paign with an aim to take at least 20 more prov­inces. As the head of the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tions in the party, Özhaseki an­nounced that the can­di­dates will be­gin to be clar­i­fied to­ward the end of Oc­to­ber.

The list of the pro­vin­cial and district heads who will re­sign to be­come can­di­dates for mayor was also pre­sented to Er­doğan. Af­ter ex­ten­sive sur­veys, some 20 pro­vin­cial chair­men and 200 district heads were added to the party’s can­di­date list.

The AK Party won 18 out of 30 met­ro­pol­i­tan mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the 2014 elec­tions and it re­ceived 42.6 per­cent of the vote ac­quir­ing 295 seats in Par­lia­ment.

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