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Re-run of mayoral election in Istanbul: Congress sends international observers

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Strasbourg 20 June 2019
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Congress observed local elections in Turkey on 31 March 2019, deploying 22 observers from 20 European countries.

Congress observed local elections in Turkey on 31 March 2019, deploying 22 observers from 20 European countries.

Following the decision taken on 6 May by the Turkish Supreme Election Council to cancel the 31 March election of the Mayor of Istanbul, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the re-run of the mayoral election on 23 June 2019, at the invitation of the Turkish authorities.

Prior to the Election Day, the delegation, led by Andrew DAWSON (United Kingdom, ECR), will hold meetings in Ankara and Istanbul with members of the Supreme Election Council of Turkey (YSK) and the Istanbul Province Election Board, representatives of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and the media. Exchanges are also planned with candidates running in the election and with party representatives.

On 23 June, the Congress delegation will be deployed to polling stations in Istanbul to observe the voting process.

The preliminary conclusions will be presented by the Head of the delegation at a press conference on 24 June at 11 am (local time), in Istanbul, Hotel Dedeman, Room Esen.


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