Move to award treasury aid to smaller parties seen as a belated step
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has also applied to the 5th Administrative Court in Ankara for cancellation of the amendment. However, the Constitutional Court voted by a one vote margin to deny the annulment request after the 5th Administrative Court in Ankara referred the case to them.
The LDP leader, Cem Toker, told Sunday’s Zaman: “Though a little late, we are happy to see that this slur against democracy will be rectified. As the LDP, we have done our best to correct this mistake.”
“While the constitution stipulates that all political parties should receive a sufficient level of treasury funds in a balanced way, the Political Parties Law states that parties failing to secure 7 percent of the vote cannot receive treasury funds,” he underlined.
The 5th Administrative Court in Ankara has found the LDP’s case justified and referred the case to the Constitutional Court for cancellation of the amendment violating the Constitution. While five members of the court voted for cancellation of the amendment, the other six members voted against, causing the LDP to lose by a one vote margin.
Toker claimed that distributing treasury funds to political parties on the basis of their electoral results was the fairest policy.