Eight international bodies to monitor Turkey’s elections , says state agency

Eight international bodies to monitor Turkey’s elections, says state agency

The Turkish Supreme Board of Election (YSK) has announced that eight international organizations are set to observe Turkey’s presidential and general elections taking place on June 24, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The announcement follows a call by Turkey’s opposition for increased monitoring after the leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) passed changes to election laws in March which critics argue could open the way to fraud.

The new law allows the YSK to merge electoral districts and move ballot boxes to other districts. Ballots not stamped by the local electoral board will still be admissible and members of the security forces will be allowed into polling station.

Turkey’s top election board provided accreditations to all the organizations that applied to have short and long-term observers stationed in Turkey, the agency said.

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TV stations cut live coverage of opposition rally as crowds chant anti-Erdoğan slogan

A number of Turkish television stations on Friday cut their live coverage of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce’s rally in İstanbul after the crowds chanted, ‘’Hırsız Tayyip,’’ (Tayyip the Thief), Turkish left-wing sendika.org website reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is looking to retain his seat in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections which will usher in a new executive presidential system that grants increased powers to the president.

İnce’s campaign trail took him to İstanbul’s Göztepe district, where the CHP candidate addressed Friday's detention of and police intervention against high school students in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district, as they protested the Turkish education system. 

‘’They beat the children who gave Erdoğan a report card here today. I’m giving a report card, too. Will you beat me, too?’’ İnce asked. CNN Türk, NTV ve Habertürk TV stations all cut their live broadcasts shortly after crowds then began to chant ‘’Tayyip the thief,’’ in response to İnce's comments, sendika.org reported.

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