Nov 07 2018

Turkey's election board finds Erdoğan top recipient of deceased people's donations

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board found that 866 deceased people donated to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s  campaign for Jun. 24 elections, opposition newspaper Birgün said on Wednesday. 

The Board found irregularities in donations made to all presidential candidates, but the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) broke a record in the number of donations from people that had passed away.

Seven deceased people are among the donors of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem İnce, while Meral Akşener and Temel Karamollaoğlu, the candidates of the Good Party and the Felicity Party, each received a donation from one deceased person, Birgün said. 

Erdoğan also received donations worth of 87,546 lira from 748 persons aged under 18 and 22,127 lira from persons who have lost their Turkish citizenship. The Turkish president had to return 55,375 lira to the Turkish Treasury from his donations account due to irregularities. 

İnce returned 349 lira left from the total amount of 74,023 lira collected irregularly as donations.