Turkey – Municipal elections in Istanbul (6 May 2019)

We have taken note of the High Election Council’s decision to annul the results of the Istanbul mayoral contest and to hold a new election on June 23. This decision must be substantiated given the questions it is raising.

With respect to the new campaign that is getting underway, we call on the Turkish authorities to implement all necessary measures to ensure respect for democratic principles, pluralism, fairness and transparency, notably by ensuring the presence of international observers.