YSK'nın 31 Mart Yerel Seçimlerinin İstanbul'da Yenilenmesi Kararının Basına Yansıması

Çiğdem Tosun
2019 Uluslararası Bilimsel Araştırmalar Dergisi  
Politics entails a process whereby the people put in power the rulers by way of elections and hold them in check. In order for this administrative system to be called a democracy, it needs to ensure that the people are able to vote for the political will or the local government. The political campaigns, promises, projects and alliances of the parties and candidates during the electoral process aims to influence and convince the electorate. Following the elections, the results are accepted by
more » ... parties and candidates or brought up for discussion. The results of the mayoral elections held on March 31, 2019 were discussed and appeals and extraordinary objections were made to the Supreme Electoral Council. The election results especially in Istanbul were at the center of the discussions due to the voting rates of the two candidates running for Metropolitan Mayor being quite close to each other and also due to the objections made to the Supreme Electoral Council. Some of those objections were rejected while some were sustained. As a result of the sustained objections, the invalid ballot papers in all the districts in Istanbul and all ballot papers in some districts of Istanbul were subjected to a re-counted. The extraordinary objections made for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayorship were discussed at the Supreme Electoral Council, which ruled on May 6, 2019 for renewal of the election only for the Metropolitan Mayorship by a vote of seven to four. It was decided that the election would be rerun on June 23i 2019. This study aims to analyse the Turkish columnists' reception of the ruling, and to identify the topics discussed the following day by the columnists, who are regarded as the opinion leaders, and their points of view. The study covers the columns published in eight different newspapers on May 7, 2019, the day after the Supreme Electoral Council ruled for the renewal of the election for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayorship. The study aims to present how the ruling was reflected on the opinion columns from newspapers with varying editorial policies. The newspapers chosen for the study are Akşam, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Hürriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Yeniçağ and Yeni Şafak. In the study twenty one columns were examined with the content analysis method, and the themes, which the columnists dwelled upon, were selected. While an emphasis on democracy and rule of law was on the forefront, the Supreme Electoral Council was at the center of criticisms. It was expressed that the ruling for the renewal of the election should put forward reasons satisfying the public conscience.
doi:10.21733/ibadjournal.584472 fatcat:5mtjefyrp5bwrcoxfzsrzpirkq