Jun 27 2018

Pro-Kurdish party votes given to Turkish left-nationalists – Kurdish news agency

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had its votes at four separate ballot boxes in the Diyarbakır districts of Kayapınar, Sur and Çermik reassigned to the left-nationalist Patriotic Party (VP) on the High Electoral Council vote tally system after June 24 elections, Kurdish-movement news agency ANF said.

A total of 522 votes were allocated to the VP on the system despite the ballot box records showing that the votes had been cast for the HDP. The same may have occurred in a village in Batman, another province in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast.

The HDP announced that it was appealing for a correction. According to unofficial results, the VP got less than 1 percent of the vote across Turkey.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a government-allied Turkish nationalist party, increased its votes significantly in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Sunday, leading some to suspect foul play.

Erdoğan was secretly recorded telling party officials during the election campaign to seek to limit the number of votes obtained by the HDP.