Early Parliamentary Elections, 1 November 2015
Mission at a glance
- Head of Mission: Ambassador Geert-Hinrich Ahrens (Germany)
- Core team of 11 staff from 10 participating States
- 18 long-term observers to be deployed throughout the country
28 September: Opening press conference
4 October: Deployment of long-term observers
1 November: Election day
2 November: Press conference on preliminary findings and conclusions
5 November: Departure of long-term observers
10 November: Departure of the core team
Video from press conference
Based on the findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR LEOM for the June 2015 parliamentary elections, the LEOM will be of a format similar to the one deployed for the previous elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR LEOM, headed by Ambassador Geert-Hinrich Ahrens, consists of 11 international experts based in Ankara. In addition, 18 long-term observers will be deployed throughout the country from 4 October.
The mission will observe these elections for compliance with OSCE commitments and other international obligations standards for democratic elections, as well as with domestic legislation. Observers will follow candidate registration, campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant state bodies, implementation of the legislative framework, and the resolution of election disputes. As part of the observation, the LEOM will conduct a comprehensive monitoring of the media.
While the mission would visit a limited number of polling stations on election day, systematic observation of voting, counting or tabulation of results on election day is not envisaged.
The day after the elections, ODIHR will issue a statement of preliminary findings and conclusions at a press conference. A final report on the observation of the entire electoral process will be issued approximately eight weeks after the end of the observation mission.
Co-operation with Other Partners
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are planning to deploy observer delegations for these elections.
The OSCE/ODIHR has previously assessed five elections in Turkey since 2002, most recently the June 2015 parliamentary elections.