Turkey elections: report of OSCE observers finds "undue advantage, including in media"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his election win on Sunday. On Monday, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) presented its ODIHR report of the election observation mission.

Turkey after the elections Turkey after the elections (photo: Emrah Gürel/dpa)

"Voters had a genuine choice in the Turkish elections," opens the report by international observers, published after a press conference on June 25, 2018, one day after the snap elections in Turkey. "But the conditions for campaigning were not equal, with the incumbent president and ruling party enjoying an undue advantage, including in excessive coverage by government-affiliated public and private media outlets".

"The restrictive legal framework and powers granted under the ongoing state of emergency restricted the freedoms of assembly and expression, including in the media," it says. "Nonetheless, citizens demonstrated their commitment to democracy by participating in large numbers in campaign rallies and on election day, the observers said. Election day procedures were generally followed, although important legally prescribed steps were often omitted during the counting and tabulation of ballots." 

Please find the full ODIHR statement here in English and Turkish