Well-known figures running as independents fail to enter Parliament

Well-known figures, including former police chiefs, a famous footballer and a singer, who ran in the parliamentary elections as independent deputy candidates failed to secure enough votes to enter Parliament, according to unofficial results announced by news agencies.
The June 7 elections saw the highest number of deputy candidates running independently in the last decade as 181 independent candidates, 16 of whom are women, competed to enter Parliament.
Among the independent candidates the most well-known included former footballer and independent Istanbul deputy Hakan iandukandur, visually impaired singer Metin ientandurk, former head of the Istanbul Police Departmentand’s Financial Crimes Unit Yakup Saygili, former Istanbul Police Department Counterterrorism Unit Chief Yurt Atayandun, former Istanbul Police Department Intelligence Bureau Chief Ali Fuat Yilmazer and former head of the Istanbul Police Department Organized Crimes Unit Nazmi Ardiandc.
iandukandur, who ran in the third constituency of Istanbul, was reported in the early evening to have received around 38,000 votes after 75 percent of the votes had been counted in the region. A minimum of 100,000 votes are required for deputy candidates to be elected from Istanbul.
iandukandur had been targeted by the government after he resigned his position as a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy following the Dec. 17, 2013 graft scandal that implicated government figures went public.
Yilmazer, Saygili, Atayandun and Ardiandc, who were well-regarded before the graft probe went public for their efforts to combat terrorism, narcotics, gangs and other illegal organizations, failed to receive the required amount of votes in their provinces.
According to the results announced in the early evening hours when 75 percent of the votes had been counted in his constituency, Yilmazer received around 48,500 votes, or in other words only 50 percent of the votes he needed to be elected a deputy from Istanbuland’s first constituency.
Saygili obtained fewer votes than Yilmazer, receiving around 40 percent of the votes he required.
The ex-police chiefs running in Ankara also did not receive enough votes to enter Parliament, with Atayandun receiving around 40 percent of the votes according to the results obtained when 75 percent of the votes were counted in his constituency.
Candidate Ardiandc had received around 25,000 votes when 70 percent of the votes in his constituency had been counted.
The police chiefsand’ election campaigns were run by their family members as they currently remain behind bars.
Yilmazerand’s campaign was carried out by his wife Mualla Yilmazer and his daughter Fatma Yilmazer while Saygiliand’s campaign was conducted by his wife Esra Saygili, who recently gave birth, along with other volunteers.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman