Election security in Turkey

Gençkaya Ö. F. , Dikmen P.

Orient, cilt.61, ss.41-52, 2020 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Cilt numarası: 61
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Dergi Adı: Orient
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.41-52


Electoral integrity is a crucial element of securing trust in democratic institutions, elected and appointed. However, the malpractices or manipulations of the voting act and vote choice are becoming common in order to stabilise and secure the hegemony of majority in hybrid regimes, thus delegitimising the core principle of democracy, the right to vote freely and fairly. Even though electoral irregularities have been a common issue since 1946, the recent disputes about election processes – including false registry, government intimidation, recounting of votes and the re-run of elections – have deteriorated the legitimacy of the credible election management in Turkey. This study aims to explain the sources of violations of election security during the last presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018 and the local administration elections in 2019 on concrete evidence collected by non-governmental organisations.