19 January 2019 19:44

Ficticious voters emerge before the local elections in Turkey

Claims of bogus voters have been brought into parliament before the local elections in Turkey on March 31, 2019.

Photograph: Muhsin Arslan/AA

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HDP Iğdır Member of Parliament Habip Eksik has brought the irregularities and bogus voter records detected on the voters roll announced for the local elections in Turkey on March 31, 2019 onto the parliamentary agenda. Eksik indicated that 399 law enforcement officers have been registered in one residence flat and 2,500 voters had been transferred into a neighbourhood in Iğdır and submitted a parliamentary question requesting a reply from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

Noting in his parliamentary question that, “It has been established from the investigations we have made that the voters transferred to Iğdır province are to a large extent law enforcement officers,” Habip Eksik went on to state, “Registered as residing at flat number 6 of the Military Residences attached to the Regimental Command at Yüzbaşı Serdar Yücel Street number 6 in Atatürk quarter situated in the centre of Iğdır, which has the capacity for 35-40 people, are 399 law enforcement officers. It has also been ascertained from the examinations we have made that some 2,500 voters have been transferred to Iğdır’s Bağlar and Topçular quarters.”  

According to T24’s report, HDP Iğdır Member of Parliament Habip Eksik has addressed the following questions requesting a reply from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, noting that the people in question have been determined to have voted in other provinces or other sub-provinces in the 24 June elections:

  • What is the reason for the increase in the number of voters over the past six months in the said quarters in Iğdır province?
  • Is there a legal explanation for many people having different surnames living in the same household?
  • How many voters were transferred to Iğdır province from other provinces or sub-provinces following 24 June 2018?
  • Is any initiative underway for solving this problem that has come to light with the posting of the voters rolls?
  • What is the reason for the increase in the number of voters at the Military Residences attached to the Iğdır Regimental Command, in Topçular and Bağlar quarters in Iğdır Centre and the Iğdır Police House?
  • Is your ministry aware of the voters rolls in which there are alleged to be irregularities? Will the necessary investigation be launched at Provincial and Sub-Provincial Directorates into this matter?
  • In discussions with the Directorate of Civil Registry and the Supreme Election Council Directorate in Iğdır Province, I was told that they had absolutely no information about these irregularities. Will an initiative be launched to identify the responsible parties prior to the Local Administrations General Elections to be held on 31 March 2019?
  • Will the irregularity in the number of voters at the Military Residences attached to the Iğdır Regimental Command, in Topçular and Bağlar quarters in Iğdır Centre, and the Iğdır Police House be reconciled with the true situation and corrected prior to the Local Administrations General Elections, or will the ballot be held with a blind eye turned?