Turkey’s election board rejects full recount of local polls in Ankara

Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Sunday rejected a request by the country’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for a full recount of votes from the March 31 local elections in 13 districts in capital Ankara, independent news site T24 reported.

The board’s decision arrives as main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Mansur Yavaş is in the lead against AKP’s Mehmet Özhaseki by 124,000 votes following AKP’s request for a recount in 12 districts of the Turkish capital after last Sunday’s polls.

The AKP on Sunday also appealed for a full vote recount of 38 and an annulment in one İstanbul district. CHP’s Ekrem İmamoğlu leads the mayoral race in the city by  17,204 votes against AKP candidate Binali Yıldırım, according to unofficial results of Sunday evening.

The AKP defeats in five of the six most populous provinces in the country in last Sunday’s polls.

The March 31 local elections were seen by analysts as the greatest setback for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP, who have dominated Turkish politics since coming to power 17 years ago.