2004 Turkish local elections

The Turkish local elections of 2004 were held throughout the eighty-one Provinces of Turkey on 28 March 2004 in order to elect both mayors and councillors to local government positions. All 16 metropolitan and 3,193 district municipalities were up for election, while 3,208 provincial and 34,477 municipal councillors were also elected. More than 50,000 neighbourhood presidents (muhtars) were also elected, though these do not have any political affiliations.

2004 Turkish local elections

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All 16 metropolitan and 3,193 district municipal mayors of Turkey
All 3,208 provincial and 34,477 municipal councillors of Turkey
  Majority party Minority party Third party
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Leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Deniz Baykal Devlet Bahçeli
Party AK Party CHP MHP
Last election New party 373 mayors, 11.08% 247 mayors, 3,579 councillors, 10.45%
Mayors 1,762 469 247
Councillors 18,913 6,023 3,579
Popular vote^ 13,477,287 5,882,810 3,372,249
Percentage 41.67% 18.23% 10.45%
Swing Increase41.67% Increase7.15% Decrease6.72%

With almost 42 percent of votes across the country, the ruling AKP increased the 34 percent it won in the 2002 national parliamentary elections by an extra 8 percent. The only opposition party with representation in Parliament, the Kemalist Republican People's Party (CHP), received 19 percent of the votes. The traditional parties of the Turkish establishment lost further ground. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), despite suffering a loss of 6% in their popular vote share, won above 10% of the votes. This bode well for their 2007 general election prospects, since 10% is the election threshold needed to win seats in Parliament.

In the event, the CHP was only able to maintain a degree of support in the provincial regions on the Turkish west coast. Among the four major cities the party was only able to win Izmir, with the AKP winning a majority in the cities of Istanbul, Adana and the Turkish capital, Ankara. The AKP also took the tourist centre Antalya, where the head of the CHP, Deniz Baykal, was the party’s candidate.

The main political arm of the Kurdish nationalist movement, the Democratic People's Party (DEHAP), entered these elections in a coalition with five small socialist parties, yet together these parties received fewer votes (5 percent) than the DEHAP received alone in the 2002 elections (6.1 percent).[1]

Results of the elections per province. AKP in Yellow, CHP in Red, MHP in purple, DGB (DEHAP's alliance) in Green, DSP in Blue, DYP in pink, SP in brown and Independents in Grey.[2]

Results by provinceEdit

Metropolitan provinces are in bold. AKP denotes provinces won by the Justice & Development Party, CHP denotes provinces won by the Republican People's Party, MHP denotes provinces won by the Nationalist Movement Party, DSP denotes provinces won by the Democratic Left Party, DYP denotes provinces won by the True Path Party and SP denotes provinces won by the Felicity Party.

Province Party
Adana AKP
Adıyaman AKP
Afyonkarahisar AKP
Ağrı AKP
Amasya AKP
Ankara AKP
Antalya AKP
Artvin CHP
Aydın AKP
Balıkesir AKP
Bilecik AKP
Bingöl AKP
Bitlis AKP
Bolu AKP
Burdur AKP
Bursa AKP
Çanakkale CHP
Province Party
Çankırı AKP
Çorum AKP
Denizli AKP
Diyarbakır DGB
Edirne CHP
Elazığ DYP
Erzincan AKP
Erzurum AKP
Eskişehir DSP
Gaziantep AKP
Giresun AKP
Gümüşhane MHP
Hakkâri DGB
Hatay AKP
Isparta AKP
Mersin CHP
İstanbul AKP
Province Party
İzmir CHP
Kars AKP
Kastamonu MHP
Kayseri AKP
Kırklareli CHP
Kırşehir AKP
Kocaeli AKP
Konya AKP
Kütahya AKP
Malatya AKP
Manisa AKP
Kahramanmaraş AKP
Mardin SP
Muğla CHP
Nevşehir AKP
Niğde MHP
Province Party
Ordu DSP
Rize AKP
Sakarya AKP
Samsun AKP
Siirt AKP
Sinop AKP
Sivas AKP
Tekirdağ AKP
Tokat AKP
Trabzon CHP
Tunceli DGB
Şanlıurfa AKP
Uşak AKP
Yozgat AKP
Zonguldak AKP
Aksaray AKP
Province Party
Bayburt AKP
Karaman AKP
Kırıkkale AKP
Batman DGB
Şırnak DGB
Bartın DSP
Ardahan IND.
Iğdır MHP
Yalova AKP
Karabük AKP
Kilis AKP
Osmaniye AKP
Düzce AKP


  1. ^ Local Elections in Turkey: A Landslide Victory for the Incumbent AKP Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine Soner Cagaptay
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)