Apr 07 2019

Turkey’s ruling AKP applies for complete vote recount of local polls in İstanbul

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has applied for a complete vote recount of the March 31 local election results in 38 districts of İstanbul as the opposition candidate leads the mayoral race in a partial recount which began earlier this week, independent news site Diken reported on Sunday.

The AKP applied with the country’s Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) for a recount of invalid votes in all İstanbul districts, Diken quoted AKP Deputy Chairman Ali İhsan Yavuz as saying.

"We are saying that something happened at the ballot boxes. We are saying something has been done at hands of the highest-level officials at the ballot boxes. There is an organised irregularity. An organised abuse. We are of the opinion that some people truly and carefully planned this. And there are some people who are now trying to cover up and muddy the waters. This is the summary of what is happening," the AKP deputy chairman said. 

Yavuz noted that the AKP had demanded an annulment of the election in Büyükçekmece instead of a recount in the district.

The move arrives as the gap between the ruling AKP mayoral candidate for Istanbul, Binali Yıldırım, and the opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu has dropped to 16,380 as of late Sunday while 78 percent of the recount of votes in certain districts of Istanbul is completed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP suffered defeats in five of the six most populous provinces in the country in last Sunday’s polls, according to unofficial results announced by the YSK. 

The AKP has challenged the results in financial centre Istanbul and capital Ankara, where the CHP has declared victory.