Supreme Electoral Council (Turkey)

The Supreme Electoral Council (Turkish: Yüksek Seçim Kurulu; YSK) is the highest electoral authority in Turkey. It was established by the Deputies Election Law no. 5545 on 16 February 1950.[1] After the 1960 coup, the Supreme Electoral Council gained constitutional authority by the Constitution of 1961. Its duty is to ensure that the principles and rules of the constitution are upheld.

Supreme Electoral Council
Yüksek Seçim Kurulu
Established16 February 1950 (1950-02-16)[1]
Composition methodLegislative selection
Authorized byConstitution of Turkey
Appeals toImpossible after single term of objection to council itself within 48 hours of decision (election results)
Impossible (all other decisions)
Judge term length6 years (renewable)[2]
Number of positions7 regular, 4 substitute[2]
Annual budget146,808,000 TL (2016)[3]
CurrentlySadi Güven
Since24 January 2013 (2013-01-24)[4]
CurrentlyErhan Çiftçi
Since8 September 2016 (2016-09-08)[4]

The Supreme Electoral Council consists of a president, six members and four substitute members from the Court of Cassation and the Council of State judges.


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