06 May Turkish election board invalidates Istanbul election result…
Istanbul: Turkey’s national election board said on Monday that it was invalidating the results of local elections in Istanbul that had dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political party a stinging defeat, according to Turkey’s state-run news agency.
The decision came after Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party or AKP appealed for the cancellation of the March 31 vote because of what it said were irregularities. The election board did not immediately reveal the reasoning behind its decision. A vote will be held next month, the state news agency said.
Poll results last month showed that an opposition challenger, Ekrem Imamoglu, had narrowly defeated Binali Yildirim, the AKP candidate, in the race for Istanbul mayor. Erdogan’s party also suffered rare losses in several other cities, including in Ankara, Turkey’s capital.
The AKP’s extraordinary appeal to redo the Istanbul election immediately drew criticism that Erdogan and his party were willing to undermine confidence in Turkey’s democracy to serve a narrow goal: retaining control of Turkey’s largest city, along with the financial and patronage networks that has benefited the party over decades.