Congress calls on Turkey to respect the voter’s decision in the 31 March local elections

Presidency Strasbourg, France 12 April 2019
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Congress election observation mission in Turkey on 31 March 2019

Congress election observation mission in Turkey on 31 March 2019

Reacting to reports from Turkey about elected representatives in the south-east of the country not having been appointed mayors despite their victory in the 31 March local elections, Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, stressed the importance of the respect for the voter’s decision.

“As stated by the Congress after the observation of the local elections, the democratic choices and decisions of the people, who are the sovereign in any Council of Europe state, have to be fully respected. The implementation of the will of the voter has absolute priority in democratic systems”, Mr Knape stated.

“We call on the Turkish authorities to conclude the procedures for establishing the final results of the local elections in Istanbul as quickly as possible, and, more generally, to implement the decisions taken by the voters. The local representatives elected on 31 March must be able to exercise their mandate free and in accordance with the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. This implies also appropriate resources and fair conditions for the newly elected mayors in the municipalities, regardless of the political party for which they were running”, the Congress President concluded.