Istanbul electoral controversy

Istanbul electoral controversy

Turkey's largest city Istanbul's latest local election, which took place on March 31 has created a considerable controversy over opposition's marginal victory and still is a subject for debates and contestation on behalf of president Erdogan's ruling AK party.


After long calls for investigation into ''electoral irregularities'' Istanbul's prosecutor's office has started looking into the alleged fraud that could have potentially swung the pendulum in favor of opposition Republican People's Party. The investigators summoned more than 100 polling station officials for questioning as suspects, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday. 
 
President Erdogan had also called for annulment and rerun of election, which is to be considered by Istanbul's High Election Board on the upcoming week. The electoral council is due to convene on Monday to discuss the appeal.
 
If the AK Party's request for a rerun is approved by the Istanbul election board, which is legally still possible, the vote could be repeated on June 2.
 
The source: Aljazeera

02.05.2019

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