According to the YSK's final candidate lists, a majority of the candidates, 4,068 to be precise, are university graduates, 2,369 high school graduates. A total of 940 have finished primary school.
The longest ballot will be in İstanbul, measuring 88 x 20 centimeters. A total of 11 political parties and 54 independents are competing in today's election, and the cities of Kırıkkale, Bayburt and Sinop have no independent candidates.
On average there will be one legislator per 77,333 voters in Parliament. However, that ratio changes drastically as deputies are voted in on the basis of their electoral regions and not countrywide. İstanbul, which will be represented by the highest number of seats in Parliament, has 7,400,172 voters. Based on these figures, the number of voters per deputy in İstanbul is 105,717, making getting elected more difficult for independent deputies. The most precious votes belong to the electorate in Bayburt and Tunceli, each of which sends two representatives to Parliament. In Bayburt the ratio is 26,688 voters for one deputy, followed by Tunceli where 27,676 voters are represented by a single deputy. The ballot of a single voter in Bayburt is equal to four voters in İstanbul.
In the elections of 1987, 1995 and 1999, the number of votes who never found representation in Parliament reached 15 to 20 percent of the total because of Turkey's 10 percent threshold. In 2002, that percentage rose to over 45 percent.
The highest percentage of votes a political party ever received was in 1954 when the Democrat Party (DP) came to power with 57.6 percent. The lowest percentage of votes represented was in 1973, when the Turkey Unity Party (TP) entered Parliament after receiving 1.1 percent of the vote.
The visually impaired will be the losers in this year's elections because the YSK didn't get Braille ballots printed in time given the "snap poll" nature of the elections. These citizens will have to cast their ballots along with an escort this time around.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 12:54