ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
The European Court of Human Rights yesterday ruled that the 10 percent election threshold in Turkey, which makes it necessary for a political party to garner at least 10 percent of all valid votes in order to have a deputy in Parliament, is not a violation of human rights.
Former members of the Democratic People's Party, or DEHAP, a pro-Kurdish party that was shut down, Resul Sadak and Mehmet Yumak, had applied to the court arguing that the threshold is a breach of article three of the additional protocol on free elections of the European Convention of Human Rights and prevents voters from freely expressing themselves. Sadak and Yumak could not make it into Parliament in the 2002 elections despite securing 46 percent of votes in Şırnak province, since their party did not manage to pass the national threshold. Meanwhile the European Court ruled against Turkey in another case, opened by the Patriarchate arguing its orphanage on Büyükada was confiscated illegally.