Former Democratic Party MP Oerd Bylykbashi has reacted to the new changes in the Electoral Code.

Bylykbashi stressed that these changes have made an independent candidate collect the same votes as a political party or coalition.

“With the ‘messed up’ Regional system invented by Rama, even if the independent candidate collects enough votes for a term in the district, he is disqualified if he does not reach 1% of the votes nationwide. Rama’s code, applying the 1% threshold for “electoral subjects” equates the independent candidate nominated by the electorate with the party or coalition that has thousands of militants behind it.

If 1.5 million voters vote, for an independent candidate to be eligible to run for office he must have received 1% of the national vote or 15,000 votes, the same as a political party or coalition. But the party or the coalition can collect the votes in the 12 districts where they compete, while the candidate has the right to compete and collect votes only in one district”, writes Bylykbashi.

The Democrat went even further, writing that “With the Messy Regional system invented by Rama, even if the independent candidate collects enough votes for a term in the district, he is disqualified if he does not reach 1% of the votes nationwide. Rama’s code, applying the 1% threshold for “electoral subjects” equates the independent candidate nominated by the electorate with the party or coalition that has thousands of militants behind it.

If 1.5 million voters vote, for an independent candidate to be eligible to run for office he must have received 1% of the national vote or 15,000 votes, the same as a political party or coalition. But the party or coalition can collect votes in all 12 constituencies where they compete, and the candidate has the right to run and collect votes in only one constituency.”