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.