Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vote Fraud in Turkish Elections?

The possibility of vote fraud was being discussed before these elections occurred. Barry Rubin has some interesting observations in light of the results:

Daniel Pipes wrote an article asking if the June 2011 election would be the last free and fair election in Turkey. But perhaps it was the first non-free one. I definitely cannot prove this but questions should be raised about government fraud. The questions revolve around the phenomenal and suspicious massive increase of voters and include the following points:

–Why have hundreds of voter records belonging to dead people been discovered before the elections?

–Why were 69 million ballots printed when the maximum number of voters was 52 million?

–How did local AKP governments use threats on companies and voters that they would suffer if the government wasn’t reelected?

–How was it possible for the number of voters to increase so dramatically: eight million in four years or more than double what one would expect from Turkish statistics?

There is not enough enough evidence to charge massive fraud but there’s enough evidence to investigate it. Turkish media might be too intimidated to do so.

I think that the government would have won the election any way. But it had a big incentive to try to steal some extra seats in order to have the two-thirds’ majority needed to write a new constitution without anyone else having a say or at least the needed minimum to write a constitution and then submit it to a referendum for which it came very close.



  1. Hi.
    Unrelated but perhaps of interest to you:
    Meeting the unknown Sheikh Erdogan:Gives a glimps of the radical islamist.


  2. What the fuck is your problem with Turkey?

    1. No-one has a problem with Turkey but everyone has a problem with the fruitcake, Erdogan and his Islamic agenda and it is only the uneducated Turks who cannot see that.