ANKARA, May 8 — Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Election Council (YSK) for cancelling the results of last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections along with the March 31 local polls across all Istanbul districts.
“If the YSK annuls the Istanbul Metropolitan Mayoral Elections, then you also have to annul the local elections in all 39 districts in Istanbul as well as June 24 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in 2018,” Muharrem Erkek, CHP deputy chairman, told reporters after submitting the appeal.
“The election body should also revoke the mandate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because the same laws, regulations and same polling station officials were applied in both elections,” he said.
The YSK on Monday cancelled the result of Istanbul local elections on the request of the ruling party.
The main opposition CHP won control of the capital Ankara and Istanbul, the country’s biggest city, in nationwide local elections on March 31.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has called for the results in Istanbul to be annulled, citing “irregularities in the appointment of polling station officials”.
The CHP filled its appeal on the grounds that the same procedure for the appointment of polling station officials was practiced in 2018 elections.
The initial results by the YSK have shown that the difference between candidates from CHP and AKP is around 13,000 votes in Istanbul. The renewed mayoral election will be held on June 23. – XINHUA