Elections Commission rejects Erdogan party's request to recount votes

The Turkish Supreme Elections Commission has rejected a request of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) to recount all the votes in the Istanbul constituencies in a new blow to the party, which is trying to alleviate its defeat in the elections.

A representative of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey's Supreme Electoral Commission Recep Uzeil said on Tuesday that the Committee had rejected a request from the ruling party, led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to recount all the votes in 31 constituencies of Istanbul's 39 constituencies.

After a meeting of the Committee, Uzeil told the journalists that it had decided to call for recounting the votes of 51 ballot boxes in 21 constituencies in local elections held in March 31, in which the opposition party's candidate Ekrem Imam Oglu achieved victory.

According to the provisional results of the municipal elections, Erdogan suffered an unprecedented defeat during his rule since 16 years ago, the loss of the capital Ankara, and a narrow defeat in Istanbul. But the AKP has stepped up appeals, refusing to admit of defeat.

The loss of Istanbul, the economic capital of Turkey, where 20 percent of the country's population lives, is an unprecedented electoral defeat for Erdogan.

Ekrem Imam Oglu, a candidate of the Republican People's Party, backed by other anti-Erdogan parties, came first with 25,000 votes on his AKP rival, the former Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim.

Imam Oglu, who presents himself as the "mayor of Istanbul", accuses the AKP Party of trying to gain time by doubling appeals to erase the consequences of possible irregularities committed in the municipality.



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