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TC lawyers and activists launch probe into claims of election meddling

Turkish Cypriot Politician Ersin Tatar Celebrates His Election Victory In Turkish Controlled Northern Nicosia
Ersin Tatar celebrates his election victory (Reuters)

A group in the north consisting of lawyers and activists, have launched a probe into claims of meddling and interference in the run-off of the elections in the north for the new Turkish Cypriot leader, reports said on Thursday.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Avrupa, the group that called themselves ‘Reporting Meddling and Interference’ said there have been serious claims of meddling and interference in the elections between October 11 and 18. “Therefore, we have decided to collect and report on all the available data that prevented the Turkish Cypriot community’s political will to be reflected in the ballot boxes,” the group said in a statement.

Head of the National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar won the elections last Sunday with 51.74 per cent of the vote with strong backing by Turkey. Outgoing leader Mustafa Akinci who was running against Tatar as an independent secured 48.26 per cent.

Akinci, but also other candidates, openly spoke of Ankara’s interference in the election procedure.

The group called on people who may possess any information on the elections to come forth, giving reassurances that the identities of those who share information would not be revealed.

They said that the findings in the report will be shared with international organisations, human rights groups, the UN and the EU to prevent similar actions to be repeated in the future.

The group’s members are Tacan Reynar (lawyer and former judge), Abdullah Korkmazhan (political scientist, academic, activist), Mine Yucel (researcher), Mine Atli (lawyer), Derya Beyatli (activist), and Orhan Eronen (activist).

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