Ex-head of Istanbul municipality: Supreme Electoral Council decision absurd
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Former head of the Istanbul municipality from Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party Ekrem Imamoglu has accused the country’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) of making an absurd decision, Trend reports with reference to the Turkish media.
“I condemn the YSK decision to cancel the results of the municipal elections in Istanbul,” Imamoglu said.
On May 6, the YSK said that repeated municipal elections will be held in Istanbul June 23.
On April 17, YSK officially announced the results of the municipal election in Istanbul. According to YSK, the candidate for the position of the head of the Istanbul municipality from the opposition Republican People’s Party Ekrem Imamoglu received 4.169 million votes, while the candidate from the Justice and Development Party Binali Yildirim received 4.156 million votes.
Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council issued a mandate to Ekrem Imamoglu for the position of the Head of the Istanbul municipality, while AKP recently officially appealed to YSK to hold the repeat elections in Istanbul.
Shortly after the elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the results of the municipal elections in Istanbul may be annulled.