Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Erdogan states Turkish Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior will "secure" upcoming elections.
Erdogan states Turkish Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior will "secure" upcoming elections. (HD).
Security forces will take all necessary measures to ensure election safety on Nov. 1 in a bid to avoid the repetition of problems that allegedly occurred in the June 7 polls, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
“I believe our government, our Armed Forces and Interior Ministry will take all measures for election safety so that we’ll get through [the polls] with minor damage,” Erdoğan told reporters late Aug. 30 on the sidelines of a Victory Day reception. “I presume that what happened in the June 7 [elections] will not be repeated on Nov. 1 as part of election safety.”
Erdoğan has previously alleged that voters in southeastern and eastern Anatolian provinces were not free to cast votes due to threats and pressure imposed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). There had been reports that the government would transport voters to certain polling stations in order to avoid alleged PKK pressure, but Erdoğan said Aug. 30 that a constitutional amendment was required to do so.
“People think it’s possible if the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decides on it. No, it’s not. That would require a constitutional amendment,” he said. Hmmm.....Instead he'll transport the votes .The only thing that can save democracy at this point in Turkey is the Army.Elections don't make dictators go silently in to the night. Read the full story here.