07/04/2014 | Writer: Kaos GL

According to the official results, none of the LGBTI activists who were candidates in the local elections won membership to the municipality council.

No LGBTI Candidates Elected in Turkish Local Elections Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+
The Supreme Election Committee (YSK) started to release the official results of the local elections held on March 30. According to the official results, none of the LGBTI activists who were candidates in the local elections won membership to the municipality council.
 
According to the Supreme Election Committee’s official results, LGBTI activist Sedef Cakmak was not elected to the municipality council in Besiktas, Istanbul. Though the unofficial results had revealed that Sedef Cakmak won membership to the Besiktas Municipality Council, she had been left outside of the council. She was in the 27th position and 26 candidates from the Republican People’s Party won seats in the Besiktas council.
 
The result that Cakmak had won a seat in the council was reported to be due to miscalculations. This means that none of the LGBTI candidates entered councils.
 
Who were the LGBTI candidates?
Can Cavusoglu had declared his mayoral candidacy for Giresun’s Bulancak municipality. He then withdrew his candidacy.
 
Mersin 7 Colors LGBT member Tuna Sahin was a candidate for the YeniSehir Municipality Council from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). BDP did not pass the election threshold in Yenisehir.
 
The Republican People’s Party (CHP) lists included SPoD LGBT’s Sedef Çakmak at the 27th position in Besiktas and Celik Ozdemir at the 12th position in Beyoglu. CHP placed 26 members in Besiktas and 10 members in Beyoglu Municipality Councils. Therefore, neither of the candidates was elected.
 
Boysan Yakar, candidate in Sisli, was not shown as a candidate by the CHP and was put on the substitute list. Oykü Evren Ozen was shown as a candidate for the CHP in Bursa Osmangazi. She was not elected either. Mersin Newspaper editor and LGBTI activist Baki Uguz was in the 2nd position for the Democratic Left Party (DSP) in Mezitli Municipality Council. DSP did not pass the election threshold.
 
5 LGBTI activists were candidates for municipality councils from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Trans activist Sevval Kılıc was in the 2nd position for Istanbul’s Sisli council, Hevi LGBTI trans activist Asya Elmas was in the 2nd position for Istanbul’s Kadıkoy council, Istanbul LGBTT Association member Ebru Kırancı was in the 4th position for Istanbul’s Beyoglu council, and trans activist Niler Albayrak, previously subjected to attacks in the Avcılar-Meis Housing Complex was in the 2nd position for Istanbul’s Avcılar council.
 
Pink Life LGBTT Association’s Abdulhalim Karaosmanoglu was a candidate for Ankara’s Cankaya municipality council for the HDP. HDP could not pass the election threshold in these five places and none of the activists won seats in the councils.
 
Red of Rainbow activist Tunca Ozlen was a candidate for Ankara’s Cankaya municipality council from the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP). TKP did not pass the election threshold.
 
Translation: LGBTI News Turkey 

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