Turkey’s electoral board rejects ruling party’s complaint about Istanbul election

Turkey’s top electoral board on Tuesday ruled against one objection to the mayoral election in Istanbul raised by the ruling party, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) complained last week that thousands of ballots were cast by people who were “ineligible” to vote since they were dismissed from public services under previous government decrees.

The Supreme Election Council (YSK) rejected excluding the votes of these people, deciding they are eligible to vote.

However, the council decided to investigate non-civil servant observers of the election along with 41,132 voters, Anadolu said without giving more details.

The YSK is also expected to decide on AKP’s petition for a complete re-run of the election in Istanbul over what it calls “irregularities and mistakes” during the votes.

Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party, was certified as the mayor of Istanbul on April 17, as he won a narrow victory against his AKP rival Binali Yildirim in the municipal election held on March 31.