More than half a million security staff to monitor Turkish elections, says interior minister

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Monday that 531,000 security staff would oversee June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, independent news site t24 reported.

Opposition parties have expressed concerns over an election law passed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in March that allows for authorities to appoint government officials to run polling stations, allows security services to monitor voting, permits the relocation of ballot boxes on security grounds and the counting of unstamped ballot papers. 

“All efforts have been exerted to ensure that everyone can vote and their free will is reflected in the ballot boxes,” Soylu said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Board of Election (YSK) last week announced that eight international organisations, including the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) would be observing the elections.