After the second round of the elections for the Turkish presidency, international election observers criticized the conditions of the elections. The second vote took place in an environment that “in many ways does not provide the conditions for democratic elections,” said Frank Schwabe, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and part of the joint election observation mission with the Organization for Security. and cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
An OSCE statement spoke of Erdogan as “favoured”. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also said the election campaign was marked by “increasingly inflammatory and discriminatory language”. The elections themselves “went well” and voters had the opportunity to choose between “genuine political alternatives”.
“Restrictions on freedom of expression”
However, “media bias” and “ongoing restrictions on freedom of expression” have created “unequal conditions” in Erdogan’s favor.
Council of Europe representative Schwabe also called on Ankara on Monday to “implement the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights” and release art protector Osman Kavala and opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas from prison. According to the Council of Europe, the Election Observation Mission to Turkey had 232 observers from 31 different countries.
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