Allegations of Election Safety Violations at June 24 Elections

There are allegations of election safety violations committed in the provinces of Mardin, Erzurum, Diyarbakır and Denizli.

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With the start of the voting process for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, allegations of election safety violations have also started to come from different parts of Turkey.

It has been reported that while the mayor of the district of Yeşilli in Mardin threatened the polling clerks by saying, "Votes will be cast for the ones who are not here as well. I call all the shots here", the village guards prevented the polling clerks of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) from entering the village of Koçkar in the district of Kulp in Diyarbakır.

Observer cards distributed by Ministry of Interior

The Balıkesir MP of the main opposition party Republican People's Party (CHP) Ahmet Akın has posted a tweet about a group of people in Erzurum who are carrying cards, which have been alleged distributed by the Ministry of Interior and read, "Election Officer - Full Access".

There are also other posts on social media, showing the people carrying the above-mentioned cards.

The AKP-member mayor: "Votes will be cast for the ones who are not here as well"

The Mardin MP candidate of the HDP Dilaver İnal has stated that the mayor of the district of Yeşilli in Mardin Hayrettin Demir threatened the polling clerks by saying, "Votes will be cast for the ones who are not here as well. I call all the shots here. Are you teaching new tricks to an old dog?"

Mezopotamya Agency has reported that the mayor Demir also threatened the HDP MP candidate Dilaver İnal, who went to a secondary school in the district center to interfere in the situation.

Polling clerks of HDP prevented from entering Kulp

In the district of Kulp in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır, the village guards prevented the polling clerks of the HDP from entering the village of Koçkar for a long time.

The clerks of the party could enter the village after negotiating with the Chair of District Election Council and District Gendarmerie Command.

Torn election bags, damaged voting papers in Denizli

It has been reported that in the district of Merkez Efendi in Denizli, the election bags kept at a high school to be sent to 12 other schools were ripped and the packages of the voting envelops and papers were damaged.

The CHP and HDP informed the attorneys about the incident and appealed to the Supreme Election Council (YSK). (EKN/SD)


İstanbul - BIA News Desk

24 June 2018, Sunday