Louth senator Jim D’Arcy was part of the six member cross-party delegation from the European parliament who acted as international observers of the Presidential election in Turkey.
The election took place on Sunday.
“They met the three presidential candidates: Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu, joint presidential candidate of the Republican People’s Party (CHP);
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, candidate of the Justice
and Development party (AKP), who looks set to be elected, Selahattin Demirtaş, candidate of the Peoples’
Democratic Party (HDP).
“For the first time to the nearly three million Turkish citizens living abroad could vote,” senator D’Arcy said. “The delegation welcomed the first steps taken to regulate the funding of the election campaign. The current prime minister was one of the presidential candidates, but the prime minister is not required by the law to resign. However, the use of administrative resources is forbidden by law. But there were concerns that his position gave him disproportionate access to resources and media coverage, in the absence of strict regulations. The delegation therefore called upon the authorities to adopt stricter regulations to the activities carried out by incumbent politicians standing for presidential elections.”