Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė has been appointed as Special Co-ordinator of the mission to observe presidential election in Turkey on 10 August.
Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė
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The special co-ordinator is tasked with conducting official visits in the country under observation, chairing pre-election briefings for parliamentary observers, convening advisory group meetings to exchange views with OSCE PA observers, and delivering statement on behalf of the observation mission.

"This vote will be a milestone in Turkey's history as its first direct presidential election. We hope that its conduct will demonstrate Turkey's adherence to democratic commitments, which must be fully respected not only during this period, not only during elections, but throughout society in the months and years to come," Aleknaitė-Abramikienė said.

"Strengthened democracy in Turkey could also have a significant positive impact on the region at large," she added.

Members of the delegation will travel to polling stations in several regions of Turkey, working closely with long-term observers from the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission and in co-ordination with colleagues from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The mission will assess the election against democratic commitments contained in the OSCE's 1990 Copenhagen Document.

Since 1993, more than 5,000 OSCE parliamentarians and staff have observed more than 130 elections in over 30 countries.

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