March 28, 2019
As the local elections are drawing near, the election campaigns are being run for the last corner. On March 30, the election campaigns will all be prohibited. Leaders and candidates, therefore, put their best foot forward in the final days before the election.
Although this is a municipal poll (local election), the atmosphere is no different than in a general election, as the ruling AKP and its ally MHP use the rhetoric of “the election of the survival of the state and the nation”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has undisputedly been the hardest-working politician in election campaigns. Also, the media coverage of the election campaigns is a big advantage for the ruling AKP as well.
Let us have a look at who will be competing in the elections before covering campaigns.
Two alliances and a total of 12 parties will participate in the elections. In 51 provinces out of 81, the ruling AKP and its ally MHP will participate in the elections as the “People’s Alliance,” in the other 30 cities, the two parties will compete against each other.Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its ally İYİ (Good) Party will also continue the “Nation’s Alliance” they formed before the 2018 elections.
The main focal points of the election rhetoric are as the following:
- The central theme of the campaign of the People’s Alliance was “the survival of the state and the nation. “Erdoğan and his ally Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the MHP, repeatedly claimed that “the survival” is totally dependent on the outcome of the March 31 elections.
- CHP Chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğu and his ally İYİ Party Chair Meral Akşener conduct a relatively low-profile campaign. Addressing their supporters together in several rallies, the two mostly gave moderate messages.
- The HDP will compete both in southeastern and other parts of the country, but did not nominate candidates for the seven metropolitan municipalities including İstanbul and Ankara. This decision is thought to benefit the CHP at the polls.
We will see what kind of impact these campaigns and rhetoric will have just after the elections. Well, only a couple of days are remaining.
Author : Begum Burak