On June 7, Turkish citizens will head to the polls to elect Deputies to the 550-member Grand National Assembly (Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi, or TBMM). With electoral victories in the previous three TBMM contests, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced its intent to instate a presidential system in Turkey.
The support the AKP receives in the upcoming elections will therefore determine to a large extent the party’s ability to enact the necessary constitutional amendments and the contours of Turkey’s political system. The AKP will need to increase its number of seats to a minimum of 330 in order to hold a referendum on the issue, or 367 seats (a two-thirds majority) to enact such amendments without a referendum.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Turkey: 2015 Grand National Assembly Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- What is the election management body that will manage the election process?
- What are the rules for campaign finance?
- What role will media play in the elections?
- What is the government formation process?
Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Turkey: 2015 Grand National Assembly Elections.