Main opposition applies to election board over President ErdoIan’s election violations

The main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) applied to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Friday to request that it inspect President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s speeches which it says violate articles in the Constitution related to free and fair elections ahead of the June 7 parliamentary election.
In an appeal filed with the YSK against Erdogan on allegations of a lack of impartiality, CHP Deputy Chairman Bandulent Tezcan said Erdogan, who is now holding the office of the president, is violating the Constitution consistently and systematically.
Underlining that Erdogan is on the campaign trail under the guise of hosting opening ceremonies and is asking for votes for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) at events being broadcasted live on radio and TV, Tezcan said the presidentand’s acts cause unfair political competition and are in violation of the Constitutionand’s articles on fair and impartial elections.
Tezcan recalled that the CHPand’s former applications and complaints on the issue were rejected due to their being the same, and that the CHPand’s calls for justice remain unanswered.
The CHP deputy chairman asked the YSK to inspect Erdoganand’s speeches and prevent the repetition of the unlawful acts that he has been accused of ahead of the June 7 election.
Erdogan has been the subject of strong criticism since being elected president, with accusations that he has failed to remain neutral in office. As per the Constitution, a president is required to cut off all ties with his or her party and serve impartially. Erdogan, a founding member of the ruling AK Party, called on supporters to vote — without mentioning the partyand’s name — for the ruling party in the upcoming election during public rallies across Turkey.
Turkeyand’s top state-run body responsible for monitoring elections earlier rejected an appeal filed by an opposition deputy to issue a warning to Erdogan, who is accused of campaigning for the ruling party ahead of the June 7 parliamentary election.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman