News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
The BDP and HPD have officially kicked off their campaign for the 2014 Turkish Municipal Elections to be held this coming March. The two parties are running in an alliance, with the BDP running candidates in Kurdish provinces in the East of the country and the HDP in the West. In complying with party statues, a large percentage of the candidates will be women.
According to a report by DİHA, the parties will run under the slogan “Moving toward Democratic Liberation and Construction of a Free Life, Lets Build Our Own Genuine Systems of Self-Government.” In a statement issued by the BDP leadership, the party emphasized that their “measure of success would be a strategic approach to the elections.” The statement went on to stress the inevitable need for systematic change in Turkey, and the need to develop a new model in the country – based on the principles of democratic autonomy as proposed by Abdullah Öcalan – that would provide for the freedom of the Kurdish people and the possibility of real democracy in the country. The party reaffirmed that it “from today onward we want to work everywhere on this understanding. Those pursuing individual or particular interests in a spirit contrary to these principles will be held responsible by our party. It is important to be pay attention to this.” Two separate commissions have been put together to prepare and coordinate election work.
The most important question now is the selection of party candidates
The party went on to underscore the importance of selecting proper candidates, saying “ there must be defined criteria for mayors, city-council persons, and other representatives to be chosen by the people. They must be in touch with the values of the movement, they must be people who the people can embrace. They must be people who are consistent with the language and culture of the place from which they are chosen, who love to work, who take initiative, who are working people that embrace the democratic system that is forming and who understand the duty of complying with decisions taken by the party. Our candidates should not be representatives of personal or family interests but should consciously represent the interests of the people and give the people assurance on this subject. They should be open to educate themselves and be educated, and embrace the model of the free municipality and our understanding of local administration. They should labor on the foundation of our party’s standards of equity and justice, be deserving and capable of the duties assigned to them, and they should be people who are a reflection of and a representative force in society.”
A Women’s Quota will be in effect in Diyarbakır and Hakkari
According to the statement, a quota for female candidates will be in place in Diyarbakır Büyükşehir, Lice, Eğil, Bismil, Bağlar, Silvan, Edremit (Van), İpekyol (Van), Özalp (Van), Hakkari, Yüksekova, Nusaybin, Derik, Mazıdağı, Cizre, Uludere, Varto, Bulanık, Diyadin, Mazgirt (Tunceli), Ceylanpınar, and Pazarcık. Alongside this there will be general party elections where the female quotas are not in place and party primaries will be held in Diyarbakır, Mardin, Şırnak, Batman, Van, Dersim, Hakkari illeri ve Bağlar, Sur, Kayapınar, Yenişehir, Silvan, Bismil, Çınar, Lice, Cizre, Yüksekova, Derik, Nusaybin, Kızıltepe, Başkale and Varto.