Council of Europe to observe local elections in Turkey
The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe has announced that it will dispatch a monitoring team for Turkey’s municipal elections slated for March 31.
“A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, comprising 22 observers from 20 countries and led by Mr. Andrew Dawson will carry out an election observation mission to Turkey from March 27 to April 1, 2019 to assess the local elections to be held on Sunday March 31, 2019,” it said in a written statement on March 26.
The delegation will hold briefings in Ankara with representatives of diplomatic corps, state authorities, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, media and political parties before the elections take place.
“On Election Day, 10 Congress teams will be operating in Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and other areas of the country to observe the election procedures in polling stations,” it said, informing that the preliminary conclusions will be presented by the Head of Delegation at a press conference on April 1 in Ankara.
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