Turkey slams EU’s remarks over local elections dispute

Turkey on Sunday slammed the comments of European Commission over its local elections results dispute.

The comments from the first vice president of EU Frans Timmermans were “disappointing” and demonstrated the “double standards,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

“It is a matter of principle to wait for the results of the objections that were raised before the top election body,” he said, describing European Commission’s stance without respecting the judicial process as “great misfortune.”

In an interview published Saturday with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Frans Timmermans called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to accept the outcome of elections held.

The initial count showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) took a slim lead in the biggest city Istanbul and seized the capital Ankara in mayoral polls on March 31.

On Sunday, the ruling party demanded a recount of all ballots cast in Istanbul.

Earlier, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) decided Wednesday to recount in eight districts of the city after the AKP submitted appeals over the results.

According to the CHP, more than 70 percent of these recounts have already been completed and their candidate Ekrem Imamoglu gained over 17,000 votes ahead on Saturday.