May 06 2019

Supreme Election Council will not decide re-run in Istanbul - Main opposition spox

Turkey's main opposition party spokesman on Monday said he doesn't believe that the Supreme Election Council (YSK) would cancel the initial results in Istanbul mayoral election and go for a re-run, Turkish news site T24 reported.

The YSK will not rule on a re-run and be part of "killing of the rule of law", the Republican People's Party (CHP) spokesman Faik Öztrak said while the top election authority members are discussing the ruling party and its far-right ally's request to re-run the March 31 local election for Istanbul. 

Öztrak said the democracy in the country is about to "tumble down the cliff." The ruling party has to accept the election results and leave the posts to the newly-elected ones.

"The governments cannot say 'I am not leaving my seat' because they don't like the results," the CHP spokesman said.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) requested for a re-run, citing allegations on irregularities on Istanbul election. The party says that illegalities affected over 41,000 votes, about four times the margin of victory for opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu.

"36 days past over the elections. It has been strived to change the decision which was given at ballot box,"  Öztrak said.