Turkish opposition party wants inquiry on census

Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP) submitted a motion on Wednesday for a parliamentary inquiry on address based census.

Turkish opposition party wants inquiry on census
The motion demands an inquiry on why results for number of voters were different in address based census, Central Population Registry Operating System (MERNIS) and electoral rolls of the Higher Election Board (YSK).

The motion recalled allegations that the electoral rolls contradicted MERNIS records before the general elections on July 22nd 2007. It claimed that despite population growth, 43,552,931 voters in the local elections on March 28th, 2004 dropped to 42,799,303 voters in general elections on July 22nd, 2007.

The motion said according to the address based census, there were 48 million people over the age of 18 (eligible to vote) and reasoned that 5.5 million people were not registered in electoral rolls when the number of voters (42.5 million) in general elections of 2007 was taken into consideration.

"Discussion and clarification of the discrepancies in address based census, Central Population Registry Operating System (MERNIS) and electoral rolls in the Parliament are of utmost importance," said the motion.

Meanwhile CHP Deputy Halil Unlutepe said citizens could sue Turkish Statistical Institution (TUIK) which carried out the address based census.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Şubat 2008, 14:17
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