The 2018 Turkish General Election Results: A Look Back
As Turkey gears up for the upcoming elections on May 14, 2023, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 2018 General Elections. The results of this election left many curious about how the votes were cast both domestically and abroad. Here are some key figures from the June 24, 2018 elections, as reported by the Supreme Election Council (YSK).
For the presidential election:
– Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured the win with 25,436,238 votes, equivalent to 52.38 percent of the total vote count.
– Muharrem Ince received 14,951,788 votes, or 30.79 percent.
– Selahattin Demirtas came in third with 4,039,390 votes, which accounted for 8.32 percent.
– Meral Aksener won 3,603,858 votes, or 7.42 percent.
For the parliamentary elections, the vote breakdown by political parties was:
– Justice and Development Party (AK Party): 20,559,732 votes, equivalent to 42.28 percent of the total vote count.
– Republican People’s Party (CHP): 11,086,897 votes, or 22.80 percent.
– People’s Democratic Party (HDP): 5,606,622 votes, or 11.53 percent.
– Nationalist Movement Party (MHP): 5,444,728 votes, or 11.20 percent.
– Good Party: 4,932,510 votes, or 10.14 percent.
– Felicity Party: 660,749 votes, or 1.36 percent.
– Others (Vatan Party, Free Case Party, and independents): 435,101 votes, or 0.89 percent.
Overall, the 2018 General Elections saw a total of 48,562,084 votes cast, with a turnout rate of 86 percent. AK Party and its allies secured a majority in parliament.
The results were not without controversy. The main opposition parties, CHP and HDP, accused the YSK of manipulating the election results and ballot counting. Nevertheless, the election marked another peaceful and democratic transition of power in Turkey.
As the country prepares for the 2023 elections, the political landscape has changed. New parties have emerged, and old allegiances have shifted. Regardless of the outcome, one thing remains certain: Turkey’s democracy is alive and well.