Erdoğan reiterates need for full recount of invalid votes in İstanbul, claiming discrepancies

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 23 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a press conference at Ataturk International Airport before leaving for New York ahead of 73rd session of UN General Assembly on September 23, 2018. Erhan Elaldi / Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said there were discrepancies in the İstanbul elections, reiterating his desire for a full recount of invalid votes, the Diken news website reported.

“We detected an organized scheme. We have even video recordings of it. There are nearly 320 to 330,000 invalid votes. It’s suspicious if you don’t want a full recount of them,” Erdoğan told reporters on his way to Russia.

On Sunday his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) applied to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) for a recount of invalid votes in 38 out of 39 districts of İstanbul.

“Nobody has a right to claim victory with 13 to 14,000 votes in a city of more than 10 million voters,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan said prosecutors would be handling the matter of the “organized scheme.”

Meanwhile, the opposition alliance announced on Monday that almost 90 percent of the invalid votes in disputed districts had been recounted and that İstanbul’s mayor-elect Ekrem İmamoğlu is still ahead by 15,000 votes.

Turkish Minute

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