Qr-22, 3 April 2019, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy In Response To A Question Regarding The Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The U.s. Department Of State On The Local Elections In Turkey

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 03.04.2019

Turkey is a democratic state governed by the rule of law. The local elections on 31 March were conducted peacefully in a democratic and transparent atmosphere. It is essential that voter’s will is reflected in the polls and everyone should respect the legal and democratic efforts made in this context.

The source of legitimacy of the elections is the people’s will. The Supreme Election Council is the sole authority to determine how this will is manifested at the polls, and evaluate and finalize the process in relation to the objections.

No country has the authority to intervene in the election results of another country in a manner against law and democracy and to regard itself as the source of legitimacy of the results. Anti-democratic approaches and habits, cannot, in any way, overshadow Turkey’s democratic maturity.

Turkish people demonstrated their commitment to democracy through a high turnout on 31 March local elections. On the other hand, people’s choice in favour of stability and trust has also been confirmed by the poll results.

Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen Ambassador
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 16:00

Visa applications are accepted between 09:00-11:00 hours only.
1/1/2019 1/2/2019 New Year's Day
3/21/2019 3/22/2019 Human Rights Day
4/19/2019 4/20/2019 Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
4/22/2019 5/22/2019 Family Day
4/26/2019 4/27/2019 Freedom Day (*27 April Sat)
5/1/2019 5/2/2019 Workers Day
6/4/2019 6/5/2019 Ramadan-Eid al Fıtr (first day)
6/17/2019 6/18/2019 Youth Day (*16 June Sun)
8/9/2019 8/10/2019 National Women's Day
8/12/2019 8/13/2019 Eid al Adha (one day)
9/24/2019 9/25/2019 Heritage Day
10/29/2019 10/29/2019
12/16/2019 12/17/2019 Day of Reconciliation
12/25/2019 12/26/2019 Cristmas Day
12/26/2019 12/27/2019 Day of Goodwill