Before the Supreme Election Board (YSK) had announced its decision regarding voting opportunities for Turkish citizens living overseas, a German state TV channel conducted interviews with Turkish citizens in Germany.
One of the interviews was with a German parliamentarian of Turkish origin. In response to a question, the parliamentarian said “of course Turkish citizens should be able to vote here” upon which the journalist holding the interview couldn’t resist and asked, “Okay, but wouldn’t this benefit the Justice and Development Party (AK Party)?”
The German journalist wasn’t able to convince the parliamentarian but his words must have reached the YSK because the board recently decided not to permit Turkish citizens to participate in the elections from abroad. It’s not hard to predict that considerations regarding the impact of such a measure on AK party votes played a role when taking this decision.
The YSK made another decision that came to the rescue of politicians who conduct ethnicity-based politics. It offered tremendous justification to the mentality that was produced by the rhetoric on oppression and that maintains its political existence over the rhetoric on deprivation. The “deep” judiciary virtually ran to the rescue of the Kurds’ clandestine structure.
Oligarchic bureaucracy is putting its organs into play one by one, utilizing them to take action depending on the circumstances. In the past, there was the Constitutional Court, through which critical operations were carried out. Then the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) stepped in. Any time a prosecutor or judge tried to delve into dark matters, the HSYK launched an operation. In the referendum on Sept. 12, the public put both institutions in their place. Just as we were celebrating our liberation from them, the YSK came to the agenda.
The YSK’s decision to veto the candidacy of some independent deputies supported by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will most benefit those who conduct ethnicity-based politics. The BDP will say to its voters, who appear to be too lax, “Look, they did not leave us any other choice. Let’s stop debating the questionable activities carried out by our community and take a united stance against Turkey. We have a reason to stir up trouble.” No one will even question how this chaos will benefit the deep state and they will start to create tension and make threats. Using an iron hand in a velvet glove, they will spread threats that will make everyone uneasy. Those who focus on ethnicity-based politics will benefit from such an environment as well. They will start an uproar saying, “Look, the AK Party’s permissive policy has made things worse. A state of emergency should be declared in the region right away and terrorism should be fought against with determination.” It’s a win-win policy.
It’s clear that operations are being carried out over YSK. First the YSK prevented Turkish citizens overseas from voting in the elections and now it has managed to stir up controversy in a country that is trying to hold elections in a calm atmosphere. Sırrı Sakık’s statements further confirm that the YSK is serving as an operational base. “We camped at the YSK for three days. We discussed every single file one by one with three of our lawyer friends. YSK officials told us several times that there was nothing wrong with our files,” Sakık said, which increases suspicions about an operation being underway.
Sırrı Süreyya Önder’s statements on NTV were also interesting. Stressing that he and Ertuğrul Kürkçü were convicted of the same crime and served time in jail, Önder said he was not prohibited from running for Parliament but Kürkçü was.
So as you can see, oligarchic bureaucracy is carrying its activities through the YSK these days.