Nearly half of voters do not trust national elections authority: Poll

Nearly half of voters do not trust national elections authority: Poll
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Merely one fourth of all participants in a survey have said they believe that "there will be no electoral fraud" in the coming elections.

According to the results of a recent survey conducted four months to the presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, 46% of the participants do not trust the Supreme Election Council (YSK), the national elections authority. Those who remain undecided about the fairness and impartiality of YSK constitute 28.7% of the participants, while merely 25.3% said they trust YSK.

Notably, none among the supporters of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) expressed any degree of confidence in YSK. 4.3% of the supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and 7.6% of the supporters of the nationalist opposition Good Party said they trust the election council, in contrast to 46% of the supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and 43.2% of the supporters of AKP's ally far right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who expressed confidence.

In response to a question as whether there is a "possibility of votes being stolen," all supporters of both HDP and Good Party said that "some of the votes will definitely be stolen" or "some of the votes may be stolen."

A mere 3.4% of CHP supporters said "the votes will definitely not be stolen." Interestingly, a majority of the ruling alliance's voters also said some of the votes will be, or may be stolen: 52.7% of AKP voters and 61.8% of MHP voters think likewise.

Merely 25.3% of all voters reject the possibility that any vote will or may be stolen in the upcoming elections.