Ruling AKP set to win two election reruns in central, northeastern Turkey

[Updates on unofficial results]

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) candidates are slated to win mayoral election reruns in two districts, Keskin in Turkey's central province of Kırıkkale and Yusufeli in northeastern Artvin, according to unofficial results.

Voters in Turkey's four different places on Sunday cast their ballots after the country's top election authority ruled for election reruns by appeals citing miscounts in March 31 local elections, independent news site T24 reported.

AKP’s candidate Dede Yıldırım is leading opposition centre-right Good (İYİ) Party candidate Necati Alsancak in the polls by 261 votes in Keskin, reversing Alsancak’s victory in the March 31 polls, independent news site T24 said.

AKP’s Eyüp Aytekin is also slated to win in the rerun in Yusufeli, with a 365 vote lead over main opposition secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Barış Demirci.

Meahwhile, the candidate for opposition Democratic Left Party (DSP) in southeastern Adıyaman's Besmetepe district has scored a victory in Sunday’s revote.

The Supreme Election Council (YSK) ruled for election reruns in western Denizli's Honaz, northeastern Artvin's Yusufeli and central Anatolian city Kırıkkale's Keskin districts and southeastern Adıyaman's Demirci town, where the contestants declared victory by narrow margins on March 31. 

All polls closed at 5 p.m.

On May 6, YSK also ordered a rerun for Istanbul mayoral elections by an appeal launched by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, which has said the opposition candidate’s victory in Istanbul came after electoral fraud and other irregularities.

Main opposition party's Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu won the March 31 vote with a low margin of around 13,000 votes beating his ruling party rival, Binali Yıldırım. 

Today's election reruns would be critical brink ahead of the Istanbul election rerun held on June 23, Yeni Şafak said. Rivalling political parties put all of their efforts to change the voters' minds before the rerun, today's results will reveal whether the efforts were sufficient, the newspaper said.