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Experts see no manifesto lift for CHP

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Experts see no manifesto lift for CHP the election manifesto released by the Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Wednesday isn’t expected to result in a significant boost in support, according to experts, who noted that there were no surprises in the text.

CHP election manifesto will not make drastic change in elections, experts say. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced its Nov. 1 election manifesto on Wednesday with pledges focusing on the economy and young voters.

Experts have said the newly introduced manifesto will not make drastic changes to the votes that the party will obtain in the upcoming elections. Speaking to Daily Sabah on Thursday, the Ankara-based Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research Politics Department Director Nebi Miş said though the CHP uses positive language to change public perception of the party, the party knows it will not obtain a majority, so it maintains its manifesto in the framework of pledge-policy.

In addition to Miş’s statement, Mustafa Altunoglu, a political scientist at Anadolu University, told Daily Sabah on Thursday that the newly introduced manifesto has many similarities to the party’s June 7 manifesto.

Miş said there are two significant topics when observing the parties’ election manifestos, one of them being the party aiming to become the majority and the second is the party aiming to become the main opposition. He further added that the CHP’s manifesto aims to become the opposition party, so it includes a great deal of pledges.

“The CHP’s newly introduced manifesto, though not much different from June 7 manifesto, it now includes populist pledges to the youth, as it realizes that there is a great voter potential from the youth in Turkey,” he said.

While there have been discussions of the CHP trying to get back custodial votes from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Miş said the majority of custodial votes were from young voters. He added that although it is expected that the CHP will regain the youth vote in western parts of Turkey, he said votes in the east will not change.

Similarly to Miş’s statement on the CHP aiming to change its public perception through its stance since the coalition talks, political scientist Altunoglu also said the CHP intends to stay away from the tensions between the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in efforts to establish a difference in the eyes of the electorate and persuade them to vote for the CHP.

Although Altunoglu said the CHP’s pledges of freedom and democracy may yield some positive results in the elections, it will still not lead to a drastic change from the June 7results. He also said: “It is very tough to break through the CHP image that has been solidified in the minds of the public, so it will not allow a greater outcome than in the June 7elections.”

Miş also said if the CHP maintains its positive language in the long-term it may somewhat change public perception later on. He said that while the CHP makes a pledge for the reconciliation process and proposes establishing commissions in Parliament for the issue, he interprets the CHP’s pledges as a reiteration of the AK Party’s remarks from 2009 and 2010 regarding reconciliation with the PKK.

Resource: Daily Sabah, October 1, 2015

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