Jul 07 2018

HDP concerned over high void vote count

A spokesman for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has expressed the party’s concern over extremely high numbers of votes deemed void in areas in which the party had no ballot box observers, left-wing news site Gazete Duvar said.

“Can it be a coincidence that the ballot boxes where we got no votes and could not appoint ballot box observers saw the most void votes?” Ayhan Bilgen asked.

Bilgen said that the number of void votes had reached 1,052,269 at the June 24 elections, a new record and an increase of around 50 percent over that of the previous general election.

He added that there were a large number of voters in the southeast who had been displaced from their homes and villages, and it was unclear where or if they had voted at the election.

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