OSCE to monitor Turkey’s upcoming election

OSCE deploys monitoring groups to observe upcoming elections in Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Aug 19, 2015

The Organisation for Security and  CO-operation in Europe (OSCE) will send parliamentarians to observe the upcoming democratic parliamentary elections on June 7 across 33 cities in Turkey.

The parliamentary members will arrive in Turkey on the morning of the elections. In addition, 18 long-term observers will be deployed across Turkey from May 14.

Turkey will go to parliamentary elections on June 7 to elect the members of its Grand National Assembly to form the 25th Parliament of Turkey.

In May, a delegation from OSCE met with the members of Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). In a statement released after the talks, it was stated that technical staff will be on duty during the elections as well as the observers.

Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain), who will serve as Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Delegation, said in a statement thatsass “There is no doubt that Turkey exists in a tough neighborhood. The real challenges the country faces make it all the more critical for Turkey to hold elections that adhere to democratic standards, and we hope that the people and authorities will rise to the occasion.”

In the 2011 parliamentary elections, OSCE deployed observers in 12 different cities across Turkey. It also deployed a delegation in Turkey’s presidential election in 2014.

The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), currently the party with the most members in Turkey’s parliament, has won the last three parliamentary terms and will seek a fourth consecutive term in government in the upcoming elections.

Thirty one political parties will take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections, including major opposition parties such as the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

The HDP will participate in the election as a party for the first time rather than joining with independent candidates, despite the risk it could fall below Turkey’s 10 percent threshold.

Any party that fails to exceed ten percent election threshold does not retain seats i in the Parliament and the seats are distributed among the parties that do pass the threshold.

Since 1993, more than 5,000 OSCE observers have been deployed in approximately 150 elections in more than 30 different countries. 

TRTWorld and agencies