"OSCE PA Delegation Head Margareta Cederfelt at the briefing for OSCE parliamentary observers, Ankara, 29 Oct 2015" by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. CC BY-SA 2.0. www.flickr.com/photos/oscepa/22587715302/
"OSCE PA Delegation Head Margareta Cederfelt at the briefing for OSCE parliamentary observers, Ankara, 29 Oct 2015" by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. CC BY-SA 2.0. www.flickr.com/photos/oscepa/22587715302/

Swedish election observer in Turkey: "almost no visible campaign"

"As I have understood...it doesn't feel good to campaign after all this violence"
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Margareta Cederfelt, a Swedish MP, is leading an international delegation of election observers to monitor the snap general elections in Turkey on Sunday.

"I hope it will be a free and fair election," Cederfelt told Radio Sweden from Ankara.

She is leading a delegation of 48 parliamentarians from 16 different countries, as part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), of which Turkey is a member.

Cederfelt, a member of the conservative Moderates, has been in Turkey for several days now, traveling around to meet with the election board, political parties and human rights organizations to get an impression of how it works.

"We are here to observe the election - that the election is performed according to the OSCE standards," said Cederfelt, adding that according to the Copenhagen Treaty, the election should be free and fair and democratic.

She said that it is "very important" to be in Turkey for this election. This is the second general election in Turkey this year. In June, the AK Party lost its single-party majority, and was left unable to govern for the first time in more than a dozen years.

While Cederfelt hopes the election will be free and fair, she remarked that  violence can have an adverse impact on the democratic process. 

"The environment in Turkey - it's not safe here," said Cederfelt, noting, for example, a bomb attack that killed 102 people in Ankara earlier this month.

"There are reports about numerous violations about arresting of candidates, arresting of citizens," said Cederfelt. "Of course, it's a very stressful environment and this envinroment has also affected the campaign. It means that the campaign has been less visible. It means no big rallies, door-to-door, talking with people - a few leaflets, but almost no visible campaign, and as I have understood when I have talked to people, it doesn't feel good to campaign after all this violence."


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