International observers ready to supervise June 7 elections
by Daily Sabah
ANKARAApr 27, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Apr 27, 2015 12:00 am
The upcoming June 7 general elections will be monitored by international supervisory institutions. Among the institutions, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) branch of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has begun activities in Turkey. Responding to questions from Daily Sabah on the observation format and current operations in Turkey, ODIHR spokesman Thomas Rymer said that the institution received an official invitation from Turkey on Feb. 26 by Tacan İldem, Turkey's NATO permanent representative.
Underlining that ODIHR is currently "meeting with electoral stakeholders, including representatives from the authorities, political parties, civil society and the media, to determine the format of observation activities," Rymer said that the number of cities that the institution plans to visit is not yet clear. "A deployment plan for ODIHR observers can only be made after the determination of what, if any, form of mission will be sent," he explained. Concerning the upcoming elections, a delegation of observers from the OSCE held meetings with executives from opposition parties in Parliament on April 15. The OSCE delegation held separate, closed-door meetings with members of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
Conducting its work in more than 50 countries, the ODIHR is the lead agency in Europe in the field of election observation.