OSCE interim report

OSCE interim reportThe Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) released an interim report last Thursday on the electoral process involving Turkey’s presidential election [scheduled for Aug. 10].

The OSCE committee, which consists of 13 experts and 16 observers from 21 countries, was formed on July 7 Geert-Hinrich Ahrens, head of the committee, has so far met with officials from the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Election Board (YSK), the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTuK) as well as representatives from many associations, parties and media outlets. He also had talks with the pre-election committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The committee led by Ahrens detected legal voids, unfairness in the electoral campaigns, legal and practical obstruction of free speech and pressure exerted on the media The report drew attention to the use of state resources by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan’s presidential campaign while it criticized the fact that the campaigns of opposition candidates are restricted not legally but in practice. (TARHAN ERDEM, RADIKAL.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman