Turkey backs down on controversial election law change

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) backed down on legal changes that would have made independent oversight of elections more difficult.

Legislation governing the role of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) was approved by parliament yesterday after the controversial measures were withdrawn at commission stage on the request of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), news website Diken reported.

The measures would have replaced party representatives who supervise ballot boxes on election day with officials appointed by the YSK. The legislation would have also made it more difficult for independent monitors to oversee ballot counting, as they would have had to apply for special permits, Diken said.