Claim: HDP receives no treasury grant

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Claim: HDP receives no treasury grant

2015-12-17 03:07 GMT
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Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas claims his party did not receive the deserved treasury grant for elections

Selahattin Demirtas speaks at the Middle East Institute on 3 December 2015.

In his speech at the Middle East Institute on 3 December 2015, Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), stated that their party could not get the treasury grant for the elections that they deserved.1

However, a statement released by the Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek shows that the legal payment date for the HDP had not arrived yet, and the statement of Mr. Demirtas is a distortion.

According to the Law on Political Parties, treasury grants are given to the parties at the beginning of the year.2 There is also a folded payment for the elections which is given to parties within ten days following the declaration date of the elections by the Supreme Committee of Elections (YSK).

In the June 7 elections, by surpassing the 7 percent treshold for the first time, HDP gained the right to receive from the treasury grant which can only be paid at the beginning of the following year.3

After the elections, the parties were not able to form a government within the legal time period and a decision to hold snap elections was taken.

On 16 August, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek declared that there would be no payment for the snap elections.4 So, because the November 1 Election was not a regular but a snap election, none of the political parties in Turkey had the right to have any financial support.

Simsek also said that all the parties would get their treasury grants in January 2016. Therefore, after winning seats in the parliament for the first time in 2015, the HDP will be recieving financial support in 2016 in accordance with the law.