Polling place at Turkish mosque in Amsterdam accused of pressuring voters


The Amsterdam municipality visited a polling station at a Turkish mosque in the Dutch capital after the mosque was accused of pressuring voters with posters of what is believed to be a religious movement controlled and paid by the Turkish government, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Polling stations must be politically neutral, so that voters' decisions aren't influenced. The municipality is having the text on the poster translated to see whether it breaks the rules. 

The polling station in question is located in a Diaynet mosque. Diyanet is a Turkish authority for religious affairs. There are also Turkish flags in the mosque and a Turkish radio station is playing, o

The music and flags are not against the rules, according to Siebe Seitsma on behalf of the municipality. Posters and folders are not allowed, he said on Twitter.