Turkish election authority dismiss objections to Erdogan's nomination
Turkey's top election authority dismissed objections that were filed against the presidential nomination of Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a third term.
The president of Turkey's Supreme Election Council, Ahmet Yener, said on Thursday that the objections were rejected by an unanimous vote of the members of the council.
Yener has not yet provided any detail about the decision rationale.
Objections were filed against Erdogan's nomination on grounds that the Turkish constitution does not allow nomination for a third term.
Article 101 says:
"A person can be elected President for a maximum of two terms."
The Good Party, Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), Homeland Pary, Left Party, Workers' Party of Turkey (TIP) and Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) are among the opposition parties who had filed objections.
Erdogan was elected twice, first in 2014, then in 2018, and he will now run for president for a third term on 14 May.
He and his supporters argue that the first term does not count as it was before a constitutional amendment in 2017 and that a change in the system was implemented after the amendment. However, there is no provision in the constitution that supports this reasoning.