Turkey revokes 7 elected district mayors from pro-Kurdish party

Turkey’s Supreme Elections Council on Wednesday revoked the election certificates for seven elected district mayors from pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

According to the electoral watchdog’s ruling, they will not be able to take office as they were previously dismissed from civil service.

All the HDP candidates will be replaced by runners-up in the local elections, who are all from the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Replacements will take place in several districts of eastern Van, Erzurum, Kars, and Diyarbakir provinces.

The electoral body based its ruling on the decrees which say those dismissed by decrees cannot be employed in public service or join in public institutions or organizations.

More than 125,000 public servants were dismissed by decrees issued under the state of emergency which was declared after a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The high election body’s ruling came despite its approval of these names in the writ of election before the polls took place on March 31.