AKP wants ‘crystal clear’ results of Istanbul polls

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Turkey’s ruling AKP wants “crystal clear” results of Istanbul elections, the party spokesman said on April 11.

“The result isn’t crystal clear in terms of Istanbul elections. For this reason, the extraordinary objection will be submitted,” Ömer Çelik told reporters at the party headquarters in Ankara.

On April 9, AKP also said it would seek a do-over for recent local elections in Istanbul.

The party would submit an “extraordinary objection” to the result of the mayoral poll, which may culminate in voters going back to the polls in the country’s most populous city, said Ali Ihsan Yavuz, AKP‘s deputy chairman.

Çelik also called on the ones who accused AKP of “pressuring the Supreme Election Council (YSK)” to apologize from the party.

“None of the ways we have applied are invented today. They aren’t the ways we produce by our own,” he said.

In the meantime, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council on April 10 announced do-over elections in Yusufeli district of northeastern Artvin province on June 2.

In the local elections held on March 31, AKP candidate Eyüp Aytekin won the race by three votes, followed by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Barış Demirci, according to unofficial results.

CHP had challenged the results of the polls.

Hurriyet Daily News

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