200,000 “foreigners” appear on voter lists in Turkey… and fears of their influence

With the presidential and parliamentary elections that Turkey will witness in the summer of next year approaching, the main opposition party in Turkey, the “Republican People’s Party”, again discussed the participation of foreigners with Turkish citizenship in those elections in which this party competes with the ruling Justice and Development Party. How will the effect of naturalized foreigners in those elections to be held in June of the next 2023?

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), the largest opposition party in Turkey and the second largest party in the country’s parliament, claims that there are at least 200,000 voters from Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan who will participate. In the next elections They will vote for the ruling party led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

From a polling station in Turkey during the 2019 elections

From a polling station in Turkey during the 2019 elections

The main opposition party is trying to pass a project through the Turkish parliament to prevent the newly obtained Turkish citizenship from participating in those elections, but it cannot pass such a project easily because of the parliamentary majority enjoyed by the ruling coalition, which includes the “Justice and Development” parties and the “National Movement” headed by Dawlat Bahceli.

The opposition party stresses the importance of the so-called “election security” and mitigating the influence of new voters who obtained Turkish citizenship on the outcome of the upcoming elections, which coincide with the centenary of the establishment of the Turkish state.

For his part, a Turkish academic and the director of a center that conducts opinion polls periodically questioned the validity of the numbers of foreigners who obtained Turkish citizenship, suggesting that the numbers are much higher than those revealed by the Ministry of Interior, which estimates the number of naturalized people at only 200,000.

Ozer Sancer, a Turkish academic and director of the famous Metropol Research Center, said:The government grants citizenship on behalf of the state, Therefore, these people cannot be prevented from voting,” he said, adding that “no one knows who the state institutions granted citizenship to and how many there are.”

In an interview with Al Arabiya.net, the Turkish academic continued, “The numbers circulating about the number of people acquiring Turkish citizenship, estimated at 200,000, will not have any tangible impact on the outcome of the elections, but no one knows their exact numbers except the relevant ministries and the Turkish presidency.”

A voter holding her Turkish passport

A voter holding her Turkish passport

Today, Saturday, the Republican People’s Party renewed its call to prevent holders of Turkish citizenship from participating in the upcoming elections, in a position that enjoys the support of right-wing currents in the country, most notably the newly established “Victory” party.

Right-wing nationalist Turkish currents have launched a campaign since last July aimed at To prevent tens of thousands of holders of Turkish citizenship In recent years, from participating in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

This campaign is led by the nationalist Good Party, also known as the Good Party, and the Victory Party, whose leader Umit Ozdag defected from the Good Party in the past. The campaign has the support of the country’s main opposition party, which pledges to its supporters to expel refugees and migrants from Turkey if it comes to power.

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