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A plan to sway US elections. What about Turkey's?

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21.04.2017

Almost all the U.S. newspapers and websites carried the same headline: "Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. elections."

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is not linked to any such think-tank. Rather, we thought it was not linked to think tanks, terrorist groups, and clandestine political parties. But as the saying goes in Turkish, "Don't look at the titles, but the deeds."

The OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) carries out election observations in member countries "to assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability." On paper, as all things on paper do, this definition looks so good; you applaud the intention and the hard work they must be putting in. The ODIHR seems the sole beacon of "democracy in action," which is called "elections" and referenda.

We do not know yet what that "Putin-linked" Russian government think tank did to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential elections in Trump's favor, but according to Reuters, they developed a plan "to undermine voters faith in the American electoral system." President Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. election and Reuters' news report only talks about "plans." It may be true or not. So far it is just a series of claims.

But the Turkish people have been faced with a stark truth that European institutions are actually implementing a "plan." They had already lost their faith in the European institutions, especially after the July 15 coup attempt; but the concerted effort to cast doubt on the last referendum on the constitutional reforms in Turkey really took the cake. The OSCE- ODIHR team tried to make a mountain out of a molehill and........

© Daily Sabah