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PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Turkey

A seven-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Turkey on 5-6 October, to assess the election campaign and political climate prior to the early parliamentary elections on 1 November.

In Ankara, the delegation is due to meet the Turkish delegation to PACE, leaders and representatives of the main political parties participating in the elections as well as representatives of the Minister of Interior.

Talks are also scheduled with the Chairman and members of the Supreme Board of Elections, the President and members of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTSC) and representatives of the media, NGOs and the diplomatic community.

A full 32-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the voting.

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The delegation will issue a statement at the end of the visit on Tuesday 6 October.

Members of the delegation:

Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), head of the delegation
Volodymyr Ariev (Ukraine, EPP/CD)
Olena Sotnyk (Ukraine, ALDE)
Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EC)
Nikolaj Villumsen (Denmark, UEL)

PACE co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey:
Ingebjørg Godskesen (Norway, EC)
Nataša Vučković (Serbia, SOC)