EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader

Find Us

ADVERTISEMENT

Turkey: Ruling AKP won't work with Vote and Beyond election monitors

Turkey: Ruling AKP won't work with Vote and Beyond election monitors
Copyright 
By Sarah Taylor with Reuters, Hurriyet
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Vote and Beyond monitoring group will verify the voting and vote-counting process in Turkey parliamentary election. President Erdogan's ruling AK Party has refused to work with the organisation, sayin

ADVERTISEMENT

As Turkey awaits a decisive parliamentary election, Vote and Beyond is preparing some 70,000 volunteers to monitor the voting process.

Set up following mass protests in 2013 over plans to build over Gezi Park in Istanbul, the organisation started work in the 2014 presidential election.

It monitored six cities. For the June 7 vote, it will cover 162 towns across 45 provinces.

Sercan Celebi runs Vote and Beyond, a movement its staff insist is non-partisan. He explained how the monitoring process will work.

“We don’t want any party to dominate and influence the election process,” he said. “They will do a two-fold job. The first will be visible: monitoring the ballot boxes. The second, behind the scenes: monitoring the vote-counting process. ‘Vote and Beyond’ will receive the results from 174,000 ballot boxes with its own software and compare them to official results. So, on election day, the whole process will be under control.”

Under Turkish law, Vote and Beyond is dependent on political parties or independent candidates for access to the vote-counting process.

Wondering about election process in Turkey? All info here, in 5 lang. http://t.co/qI9F7EMBzRhttp://t.co/EXYY5olY6Mpic.twitter.com/tsRXweNN8r

— Cemalettin Haşimi (@chasimi) June 5, 2015

It says it is working with five opposition parties. However, the ruling AK Party, founded by Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reportedly refused. Celebi says the party has argued that while it supports democratic initiatives, it has its own monitoring procedures in place.

In recent years, Erdogan has tightened his grip on the police, judiciary and media. Nevertheless, Turkey’s election history was broadly democratically solid until the 2014 local elections. Then, observers said some districts in the capital Ankara recorded a turnout of more than 100 percent.

Opinion polls suggest the 2015 parliamentary election will be a tight race, giving rise to fears of further electoral irregularities, or even fraud.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Turkey can 'count on a repeat' of upcoming watershed election

Turkey issues arrest warrant for viral YouTuber Diamond Tema over debate on Islam

Leaders of regional rivals Greece and Türkiye meet in bid to thaw relations