22 may, 2018 / By ansamed.info
Nearly 400 observers will be in Turkey for the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission for the early parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24. In addition to a team of experts, the international mission says it has also recommended sending 28 long-term observers for deployment throughout the country and a further 350 short-term observers to monitor procedures on election day itself. The decision followed a visit by OSCE/ODIHR representatives to Turkey from May 8-10, when they met representatives of the local institutions and civil society.
Media pluralism is one of the aspects to be monitored. Last year the organisation sent 11 experts and 28 long-term observers for the constitutional referendum to introduce a presidential system of government. On that occasion, one of the most controversial issues included inclusion of ballot papers missing an official stamp. In light of recent changes to the voting regulations such ballot papers are also to be considered valid in the upcoming elections.