1987 Turkish general election
General elections were held in Turkey on 29 November 1987. This election is important for two events; the Military junta's restrictions on former politicians were lifted so they joined to the political scene again, whilst the Motherland Party retained its majority in the parliament by losing votes but gaining more seats, thanks to the electoral system of the country. Voter turnout was 93.3%.
Total of 450 seats of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
226 seats were needed for a majority
The 1987 election saw the return of the religious oriented base of Necmettin Erbakan and the symbol names of the politics in the 1970s, Bülent Ecevit and Süleyman Demirel. Bülent Ecevit led DSP because CHP was closed down after the coup of 1980. Süleyman Demirel founded DYP to challenge the power of Turgut Özal on conservative liberal votes. The elections of 1987 were marked with harsh restrictions on televised publicity for the opposition parties. Different as 1983 there was no televised debate between the presidential candidates. Only one week before the elections political infomercials from the different parties were aired. The SHP gained the most benefit of the infomercials, as the SHP polled about 30% compared to the 18% before screening the infomercial.
|Social Democratic Populist Party||5,931,000||24.7||99||New|
|True Path Party||4,587,062||19.1||59||New|
|Democratic Left Party||2,044,576||8.5||0||New|
|Nationalist Workers Party||701,538||2.9||0||New|
|Reformist Democracy Party||196,272||0.8||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen et al.|