This year was not easy for the Turkey’s Prime Minister. In December the country had been flooded with tapes that brought corruption charges to his cabinet members. Not long after that Erdoğan and his son were also said to be involved in the scandal. Given the fact that the local elections were to due be held in three months from that moment, situation seemed even more difficult. Perhaps no one would pay much attention to the polling unless it had been treated as a barometer before the presidential elections taking place in August 2014. Voting for a new president has been described as one of the most important events, as it will shape the country’s political landscape in the coming decade. Taking all these facts into consideration, one should not be surprised that the opposition wanted to take advantage of the corruption scandal and thus tried to make people believe that the March local elections are nothing more than a popularity poll for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey’s Prime Minister perfectly understood what was at stake. He knew that he had to win this battle if he wanted to become the Turkey’s next president. Czytaj więcej

OSCE Election Observation Mission in Georgia – report from an International Observer

fot. C. Szczepaniuk

fot. C. Szczepaniuk

On October 27, 2013 presidential election took place in Georgia. The country faced the challenge of electing a new president, after a year of political cohabitation. 41 candidates were listed on the Voting Lists, but just three out of them were serious competitors – Giorgi Margvelashvili, David Bakradze and Nino Burjanadze. The Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) organizes Election Observation Missions (EOM) to strengthen democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the world. Such Election Observation Mission was organized for the 12thtime in Georgia. Being one of OSCE member states, Georgia is obliged by the Copenhagen commitments to organize fair elections and to allow the presence of international observers. For this mission OSCE employed temporarily 16 experts, 18 Long Term Observers (LTO) and 300 Short Term Observers (STO). I had the pleasure to be among them.

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