World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Parliament has approved a proposal for a change of date for the country's upcoming local elections in the first round of voting on the issue.
The proposal was submitted to Parliament two weeks ago by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who agreed to hold local elections next year on Oct. 27.
A total of 369 lawmakers voted in favor of the proposal, while 33 voted against it in the first round. All of the negative votes came from the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) while several CHP members voted in favor of the proposal. The second round of voting will take place on Oct. 12.
The CHP wants elections to be held on Nov. 3, 2013, citing the fact that the proposed date of Oct. 27 comes two days before Republic Day, celebrated on Oct. 29. The BDP, on the other hand, would prefer to see the elections held in May 2014.
The local elections had been planned for March 29, 2014, but the AK Party proposed holding the local elections earlier because politicians have difficulty campaigning in winter due to adverse weather conditions.
Former leader of the Grand Unity Party (BBP) Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu died in a weather-related helicopter crash along with five others near Kahramanmaraş in 2009 while campaigning for local elections.
The last time Turkey held local elections was in March 2009. Local elections are held every five years in the country.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2012, 10:58