ANKARA - Erdogan has unveiled a number of reforms on issues regarding political rights, such as election threshold, party organization, and propaganda in non-Turkish languages
ANKARA – Erdogan has unveiled a number of reforms on issues regarding political rights, such as election threshold, party organization, and propaganda in non-Turkish languages
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the highly-anticipated ‘democratization package’ at a press conference held in capital Ankara.
Erdogan mentioned the following legal amendments on enhancing political rights:
Erdogan said the government would propose three options to be discussed in the coming weeks for the election threshold:
a) Maintaining the current threshold of 10%
b) Lowering the threshold to 5% while implementing single-member district constituency system in groups of five.
c) Removing the threshold altogether and fully implementing the single-member district system.
Erdogan also said the current threshold on parties for receiving state aid would be lowered to 3% from the current 7%.
Turkish Premier announced an amendment that would facilitate local party organization, removing the prerequisite for political parties of being organized in towns so as to be granted the right to organization at the district level.
Erdogan said the government would make party membership easier by lifting present restrictions to allow everyone who has the right to vote to become members at political parties.
Erdogan also said the democratization package includes a regulation that would lay the legal groundwork for the co-chair system in parties.
Propaganda in other languages
Prime Minister Erdogan said the package would bring the freedom of using languages and dialects other than Turkish for political propaganda, prohibited under the current law.
This freedom could also be used in primary elections, Erdogan added.