The Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahçeli, made a new statement about the election threshold.
The statement included the following:
Following the opinion and evaluation of our President regarding the reduction of the election threshold to 7 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party also expressed its opinion in the same direction, and clarified its political stance in favor of the stance of the People’s Alliance, mentioning that there was no need for another search and expectation.
Our written press statement dated September 1, 2021 has clearly explained and expressed our attitude and opinion on this issue. Those who are intent readers have once again fallen into the void. The so-called experts and hired pens, who interpreted the reduction of the election threshold to 7 percent on television screens or in newspaper columns as “a move to save the MHP”, and went on a fishing expedition in turbid water within this framework, made a grave mistake, let alone being heedless. Although we insistently say that the Nationalist Movement Party does not act with the fear of dams and does not have such a fear, the fact that those who have been afflicted with mental lapses by resorting to crippled, deviant and painful propaganda and claiming the opposite has been nothing but the manifestation of a sick mood.
It is both arrogance and incompetence for the circles, caught in the moral and credibility threshold and thrown uncontrollably, to enter into a race to tarnish our party’s reputation and dignity over the election threshold. Those who are assigned as sworn spokespersons for the Zillet alliance have not yet comprehended and digested the transition to the Presidential Government System, especially in the April 16, 2017 Referendum, and the officialization of this situation as of July 9, 2018. Those who fall behind history and the political flow are so miserable that they see lies and slander as their means of livelihood. The new management system was established and became operational after the 24 June 2018 President and Deputy Elections.
“There is no way to run the water backwards”
It is no longer possible to run the water backwards. A new set of political rules that shape politics came into play. No matter how ignored, political approaches and political institutions have been reshaped, and the principles and institutions of the political ground have been re-emerged. Naturally, with the execution of politics, structural changes and transformations have been achieved in the understanding scale. Moreover, a new field of politics has emerged with the search for common ground and the emergence of a culture of reconciliation. Political parties and other evil actors who cannot keep up with this new field of politics and understanding will of course be exposed to the democratic disposition of our nation, and in this way, they will pay the price for what they have done.
“The transition to the new management system has been successfully completed”
The elections to be held in June 2023 will be the scene of this. The transition to the new management system has been successfully completed. The People’s Alliance has shown all its goodwill and constructive attitude in carrying out this process independently of political calculations and prejudices and building the new system on solid foundations, and it continues to do so. In the Presidential Government System, there are two ways for the national will to be reflected in the TGNA in a fair and equitable manner; The first way is to lower the election threshold, and the second way is to legalize the political parties to form electoral alliances while preserving their institutional identities.
As it is known, the second way came to life with a legal regulation. The supply of the first road took the order. The existence of the following basic provision on election laws in Article 67 of the Constitution is well known to all literate people:
“Election laws are regulated in such a way as to reconcile the principles of fairness in representation and stability in administration.”
“This constitutional provision is binding on everyone”
This constitutional provision is binding on everyone. In the Presidential Government System, the principle of “stability in administration” was found to be mediocre by itself, since the President would be elected directly by the people and the government would not receive a vote of confidence from the Parliament. There is nothing confusing or controversial about it.
In the continuation of this, there is no more legitimate and political justification for maintaining the 10 percent electoral threshold. In this context, there is no other option other than lowering the electoral threshold for the principle of “justice in representation”, which is the constitutional norm. It will not be possible to think of any other method of reflecting the will of the people to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in a fair measure. It should not be forgotten that the Presidential Government System has brought along a new political equation in the search and studies related to the election threshold in terms of electoral legislation.
The goal of the Nationalist Movement Party is to achieve this. No one should indulge in the zeal of looking for a needle under the hay. The wheel of lies and gossip established on the 7 percent electoral threshold will first grind those who set up this wheel.
No official provocateur, no politician and so-called writer-artist team will be able to analyze the love of the Nationalist Movement Party and the People’s Alliance for their homeland, nation and democracy, and their experience and equipment will not be enough to test it.
From the CHP to the HDP, from the IP to other marginalized and mortgaged parties, from the sold-out journalist to the unconscious commentators who are gasping for profit and profit, it is impossible for them to understand our courageous, consistent and determination to protect the honor of the national will on the dam issue. The 7 percent election threshold, registered with the statement of our Honorable President, will add depth and vitality to the principle of “justice in representation”, while the scammers and the disgraceful group will remain in place with their futile struggles.
Binding, imputation, unfounded allegations and frivolous accusations that center the Nationalist Movement Party will stick to their owners like a black stain on their foreheads.