The former Turkish prime minister and head of the opposition Future Party, Ahmet Davutoglu, criticized the People’s Alliance’s decision to lower the electoral threshold to 7 percent instead of the current percentage.
The current election law stipulates that the parties that participate in the parliamentary elections must obtain a minimum of 10 percent of the vote to enter parliament, but the draft amendments are expected to be prepared by the People’s Alliance consisting of the Justice and Development Party headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally the Nationalist Movement Party Headed by Devlet Bahçeli, he proposed reducing the percentage to 7 percent.
Although reducing this percentage will benefit several opposition parties, opponents point out that Erdogan wants, by lowering the electoral threshold, to ensure that his coalition partner (the Nationalist Movement Party) obtains the required percentage to enter parliament in light of indications of the decline in the popularity of the alliance among Turkish voters.
Commenting on the leaks published by several local media about lowering the electoral threshold, Ahmet Davutoglu said in his speech on Tuesday: “The design of the law is carried out in an engineering way to prevent someone from entering Parliament, the 10% threshold was previously set to prevent the HDP. Even the Welfare Party is unable to reach Parliament.
Davutoglu added, “The minimum does not make sense for us, we are sure that we will get higher votes, but they will be under the influence of political engineering, whoever is doing the political engineering, this does not reduce our power and the margin of negotiation we have in any political equation.” .