Monday, September 13, 2010

Historic election victory for BDP

12 September 2010

Results show high support for BDP boycott call (MORE RESULTS)

Turkey's Constitutional referendum's results show huge gains for Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Kurdish cities.

BDP's decision to boycott the referendum had an huge impact in almost all of the Kurdish cities, where voter turnouts stayed under 50 percent.

In most populated Kurdish city, Diyarbakir nearly 70 percent of the voters joined boycott campaign.

Only 276,609 of the total 840,859 voters casted their votes. Over half a million Kurds did not vote in the referendum.

In Van, second largest Kurdish city, voter turnout is 48 percent according to final results.

Only 7 percent of the total eligble voters showed themselves in ballots while a record of 93 percent joined boycott campaign in Hakkari.

77 percent of Sirnak's voters also boycotted the referendum.

Mardin, Siirt and Batman are the other cities where voter turnout stayed under 50 percent.

In Mus 46 percent and in Dersim 35 percent of voters joined the boycott campaign by the BPD.