Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) of Turkey today announced the independent candidates they will support in coming general elections in Turkey. In general elections in Turkey a political party must at least obtain 10% of the votes to send any members to the parliament. Because of this limitation, BDP supports only independent candidates for whom there is no such limit.
The party selected “Labor, Democracy and Freedom” as their election motto and all 61 candidates from 31 cities are called “democracy and freedom candidates for democratic autonomy, freedom for democratic republic.” (See update at the end of the article)
BDP co-chairs Gültan Kışanak ve Selahattin Demirtaş will run in Siirt and Hakkari respectively. Other candidates BDP will support are Ahmet Türk in Mardin, Aysel Tuğluk in Van, Leyla Zana in Diyarbakır, Sırrı Süreyya Önder in Istanbul’dan, and Ertuğrul Kürkçü in Mersin.
Kışanak in her announcement stated BDP reached a point in time where a solution for all the historical problems encountered is inevitable: “This time the dynamics of democratic change has been forcefully surfaced, has turned into an organized power and invited us to play our part in that historical process.”
The list of candidates include 13 women among 61 candidates (%21). Average age is 48 and 31 candidates have university degrees, 20 are high school graduates. 6 professors, 13 lawyers, 5 engineers, 2 blue collar workers, 2 MD’s, one pharmacist, 3 artists and one economist are among the candidates. The rest are business owners.
These are the nationwide candidates:
At 7:00 pm., April 10, 2011 BDP added the following candidates to above list:
Sakarya: Hüseyin Tanış
Tekirdağ: Kerem Tosun
Yalova: İhsan Coşkun