Elections and referendum are executed with the principles of
equal, secret, universal direct suffrage, open counting and
tabulating of votes principles under administration and supervision
With Article 79 of Constitution, Supreme Election Council is
assigned from the start till the end of elections in order to manage
the order of elections with honesty, to undertake or provide
undertaking all necessary transactions, to examine all electoral
complaints and objections and to five final decisions on such
complaints and to accept electoral minutes of members of Turkish
Grand National Assembly and minutes of presidential elections.
Supreme Election Council, which takes place in "Chapter of
Legislation" and executes the administration and supervision of
elections, is composed of seven original and four reserve members.
Six of the members are elected by general councils of Court of
Cassation and five from Council of State among their members with
the majority of full members with secret ballot box. These members
choose one president and one vice president with majority in secret
Furthermore, political parties which have the four highest
voting amounts in recent general elections and political parties
that have groups in Turkish Grand National Assembly, may assign one
original and one reserve representatives in Council with the
condition of having consent of political party leaders. These
representatives attend all meetings and discussions of the Council
but they are not allowed to vote. Since 02/04/2011, political party
representatives have been attending activities of Council (as of
2016, AKP, CHP, MHP, HDP have political party representatives).
As seen, Supreme Election Council is a sui generis independent
board which is assigned with administrative and electoral
jurisdiction and appeal is not allowed to any other institutions
against its decisions.
Considering superiority of law, respect to human rights,
respect, judicial independence and objectivity principles as basis,
under supervision and monitoring of jurisdiction, from the beginning
till the end of the elections, to make transactions necessary for
undertaking of handling and executing of elections properly, to make
necessary arrangements to provide fair, transparent undertaking of
management of monitoring and supervising works of elections, to
provide storing of updated information related with voters both
inside or outside the country and to announce the results of
elections to public accurately and completely.
To provide undertaking of elections in fair, transparent, reliable, free
and equal conditions.
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