Will Istanbul rerun municipal election?

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has submitted an appeal to rerun the recent municipal election that brought a marginal, but yet a significant defeat to the current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
 
The move on Tuesday came more than two weeks after unofficial results showed the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) narrowly win in Turkeys largest city. 


The defeat is more painful to Erdogan, since the city has been governed by the AK Party and its predecessors for 25 years. 


Citing alleged irregularities, the AK Party had previously pushed for a recount of votes, and the process is still under way in one Istanbul district. 


Ali Ihsan Yavuz, AK Party's deputy chairman, submitted his party's extraordinary appeal for the annulment and renewal of the elections to Turkey's High Election Board (YSK) with three suitcases full of documents.  


"We have suspicions [about Istanbul's elections] and we still were not able to resolve these doubts," said Ali, adding that only the YSK could resolve this doubt. 

If the appeal is approved, a fresh election will take place on the first Sunday 60 days after the initial vote, which will be on June 2. If rejected, the results will be finalised and the winner will receive his mandate to run the city.
 
The source: Aljazeera

17.04.2019

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