Turkey: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations to the Government of Turkey on the relocation to less accessible places of polling stations in predominantly Kurdish areas of Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

​In the run-up to the recent elections in Turkey we consistently encouraged the Turkish authorities to ensure that the process would be handled fairly, professionally and transparently. We note the concerns over mergers and relocations of polling stations expressed by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), following the ODIHR electoral monitoring mission, and urge Turkey to take these into consideration.

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