Observers: Turkey election meets international norms
Monday, August 11, 2014
ANKARA - Turkey's first direct presidential election met international standards, an overseas monitoring official claimed on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference in the Turkish parliament, the head of the International Observers' Mission of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries, Nizami Jafarov, said the body did not witness any breach of international rules during the presidential election.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected president on Sunday by an outright majority, securing 51.96 percent of the vote, according to unofficial counts.
Turkey's Supreme Election Board confirmed late Sunday that Erdogan had won the poll outright, eliminating the need for a scheduled August 24 run-off vote. Erdogan, who was elected to serve a five-year term, will take over the post from outgoing president Abdullah Gul.
The International Observers Mission held several meetings with Turkish officials, claiming they received detailed information about preparations for the presidential vote and internationally recognized election standards.
The observers said they directly questioned the country's Supreme Election Board, with Jafarov adding: "The election campaigns of the candidates were carried out in accordance with the country's election rules."
More than 53 million Turks were eligible to vote Sunday; the turnout was 73 percent.
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