Parliament passes Turkey’s new election bill

A parliamentary panel on March 24 has approved the amendments to the electoral law, which will be discussed at the general assembly next week.

During the discussions at the Parliamentary Committee on Constitution, the one-year requirement regarding the consideration of electoral rolls has been reduced to three months. It was stipulated that parties participating in the election could not neglect the convention condition two times successively.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its main political ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have submitted a 15-article draft law to amend the election law, which reduces the national election barrier from 10 to 7 percent.

It also obliges the political parties to pass this threshold to win seats at the parliament, although the alliance they are part of garners more than 7 percent of votes. The proposal no longer allows a political party with a group of at least 20 lawmakers in the parliament to run in the elections. This aims to prevent the political parties from transferring lawmakers just to be eligible to run in the elections.