Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekremİmamoğlu has said his party has confidence in the Supreme Election Board (YSK) and that it would make the right ruling amid claims of vote irregularities in the elections by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which said it will file an objection to the results of the March 31 elections.
Sound steps should be taken in order to finalize and clarify this process, he said, elaborating on the ongoing YSK assessment on the AKP’s objections to the outcome of the Istanbul vote.
The AKP should accept that it has failed and step down as part of the nature of democracy, he said.
“We want Istanbul to be handed over to us along with the problems [of the city] as soon as possible,” he added.
Speaking about the possibility of a new election in Istanbul, İmamoğlu said it was only a waste of time. “Then one can hold an election every two months when they don’t like the results?” he said.
Democracy requires that the one who failed should congratulate the winner, he said, urging a normalization process in Turkey soon.
“They have damaged our country and city. This city is being watched by the entire world at the moment. The price will be heavy. People will leave, but the institutions will remain,” he stated, speaking about claims the AKP was removing files and data that could be held as evidence purporting corruption in the municipality conducted by the previous mayors.
Hurriyet Daily News