Recount of Istanbul Votes Partially Complete, Opposition Candidate...

Recount of Istanbul Votes Partially Complete, Opposition Candidate Says Remains Ahead

Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul said on Thursday a recount of Sunday's local election votes was partially complete and the difference between him and the ruling AK party candidate remained around 20,000.

04 Nisan 2019 - 14:48

Turkey's main opposition candidate in Istanbul said on Thursday a recount of Sunday's local election votes was partially complete and the difference between him and the ruling AK party candidate remained around 20,000.

Initial results from the elections showed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had narrowly won control of Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in an upset for President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party (AKP).

In Istanbul, CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu, and his AKP rival, ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim, both said on Monday that Imamoglu was about 25,000 votes ahead, a very slim margin in a city of some 15 million people.

However the AKP submitted objections to election results in all districts of Istanbul and Ankara, saying the results had been impacted by invalid votes and voting irregularities.

On Wednesday, Turkey's High Election Board (YSK) ruled in favour of a recount of votes in 18 of the city's 39 districts, while the AKP said the difference was narrowing as the recounts continued.

Speaking to reporters in Istanbul's Gungoren district on Thursday, Imamoglu said that recounts had been completed in nine or ten districts, and urged the YSK to respect its regulations during the counting process.NYTIMES

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