HDP asks top court to void Nov. 1 election

According to the statement from the HDP on Thursday, the party based its appeal on unfair election conditions and a deliberate policy of political polarization by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during election campaigning.

The HDP received fewer votes in the Nov. 1 snap election than in the previous general election held on June 7. Although the party obtained 13 percent of the vote on June 7, its support dropped to 10 percent on Nov. 1, following a renewed conflict between Turkish security forces and the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Nov. 17 rejected the HDP’s appeal for the cancelation of the results of the Nov. 1 general election.

According to HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, his party was forced to cancel election rallies following two deadly attacks on pro-Kurdish gatherings in July and October. Demitas told reporters during a press conference on Nov. 1 that television stations gave party representatives little airtime amid government attacks branding the party as the political wing of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). “There wasn’t a fair or equal election. … We were not able to lead an election campaign. We tried to protect our people against attacks,” he said.

On election day, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 49 percent of the vote, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 25 percent. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) lost a quarter of the votes it had attracted in the June 7 election, winning just 12 percent. The HDP won 10 percent, just above the 10 percent threshold required to enter Parliament and is currently being represented by 59 deputies.