Vot­ers must re­main vig­i­lant


A sys­tem of fa­voritism has been de­vel­op­ing un­der the nose of the AKP for the last 15 years. Every­one has been com­plain­ing but no­body has been able to stop it. After the March 31 and June 23 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, the high-fly­ing CHP an­nounced its ba­sic prin­ci­ples as they per­tain to the new ad­min­is­tra­tion that will end nepo­tism at the CHP Chair­man level. But still, news of fa­voritism has been pour­ing in from all over Turkey, in­clud­ing CHP mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Those who know that politics is a fight over re­sources ev­ery­where in the world, and who know elec­tion, can­di­date and del­e­ga­tion struc­tures in Turkey, are aware that it is not easy to end nepo­tism. The AKP, dur­ing its time in power, has had no at­ti­tude against nepo­tism. But the CHP, which is against that cul­ture, promised that nepo­tism would be ended and that trans­parency in the ad­min­is­tra­tion would be dom­i­nant. The re­sults on March 31, and es­pe­cially on June 23, showed the elec­torate got the mes­sage. The CHP also an­nounced that it had re­ceived the elec­torate’s mes­sage. Ap­par­ently, this time, the sys­tem in lo­cal gov­ern­ments would change. The CHP would abide by its prom­ises. The CHP took over debt-bur­dened mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The rul­ing AKP is do­ing ev­ery­thing to pre­vent CHP may­ors from de­liv­er­ing proper ser­vices. As a re­sult, the only power of the new may­ors is trans­parency that will clearly ex­plain and re­veal ev­ery­thing to the voter. Trans­parency is the best method against nepo­tism and cor­rup­tion, as long as the voter does not lose its at­ten­tion and in­ter­est on the is­sue.

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