‘Recounting of local election votes in Turkey’
Turkey’s High Election Board (YSK) would recount local election votes in eight districts of Istanbul following objections, YSK head, Sadi Guven said after President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) appealed results across city.
The main opposition, which had earned a narrow victory over ruling AK Party according to initial results, had appealed recount, prompting YSK to halt them.
Talking to journalists in Ankara, Guven said that recount would mostly focus on invalid votes, adding that this was not an unprecedented decision.
Appeals to YSK were still ongoing, he said.
But opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) candidate that had been projected to win, Ekrem Imamoglu called on YSK to declare him Mayor. He said that while there could be minor errors in vote counts, outcome would not change.
Initial results published by state-run Anadolu Agency showed that ruling AK Party lost mayoral elections in country’s three largest cities-Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in a stunning election setback for Erdogan.
The country’s election board gave parties three days to file their complaints, setting deadline for Wednesday.
Anadolu’s unofficial data showed Imamoglu had won heated mayoral race in Istanbul, country’s largest city and economic centre, with 48.8 percent of vote, while AK Party candidate, Binali Yildirim got 48.5 percent.
In capital, Ankara, unofficial results showed that CHP candidate, Mansur Yavas had garnered 50.9 percent, with AK Party nominee, Mehmet Ozhaseki trailing with 47.2 percent.
In third-largest city, Izmir, CHP candidate, Mustafa Tunc Soyer, was leading with 58 percent votes while AK Party’s Nihat Zeybekci stood at 38.5 percent.