Election monitors laud German vote but note ‘foreign interference
Germany on Monday conducted a flawless democratic election, observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) said while criticising foreign attempts to influence the campaign.
Observers from over 20 European countries took part in the mission that not only watched out for any irregularities in Sunday are voting process, but that also looked at the selection of candidates and the campaign.
“Germany has once again demonstrated that its commitment to democracy is undiminished,’’ George Tsereteli, the Georgian parliamentarian who led the election observers in Germany said.
The OSCE said in a statement that observers, however, criticised the fact that foreign interference in election campaigning, noted during the German elections, was on the rise internationally.
In the run-up to Sunday’s election, Turkish President Recep Erdogan had repeatedly called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the three main parties, declaring them “enemies of Turkey.”
The EU diplomatic service team that monitors Russian propaganda efforts reported recently that Russian media outlets published fake news about Germany this year that have been shared online by German far-right users.
The OSCE said cybercrime did not play a role in the election, referring to software security gaps in Germany’s election result system that hackers exposed in early September.