Observers will be assigned by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to 33 provinces across Turkey to monitor the June 7 general election amid concerns of potential foul play, according to an article in ‘Taraf’, Turkish daily ‘Zaman’ has reported.
Opposition parties have suggested that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will resort to vote-rigging tactics to compensate for the party’s decreasing electoral support.
Gursel Tekin, Deputy Chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), welcomed the OSCE’s initiative saying that the establishment of an oversight mechanism in 33 provinces, for the first time, was very positive.
Noting that both Turkish citizens and the international community have concerns over the fairness of the upcoming election, Tekin said that numerous international bodies will send election monitors to Turkey.
The OSCE published a statement last week providing details on the delegation that will oversee the election.
“The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has observed parliamentary elections in Turkey in 2011 as well as the presidential election in 2014. Since 1993, more than 5,000 OSCE parliamentarians and staff have observed nearly 150 different elections in more than 30 countries,” the statement said.