Istanbul's municipality.. spending money, complaints on fraud in write-off regulations

Akram Imam Oglu condemned the "lies" made by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to cancel his election in March 31, speaking of financial waste during the AKP's takeover of the municipality, with some voters complaining that their names were not listed on the online write-off lists which allows them to participate in the repeated electoral process."

Akram Imam Oglu called on voters to continue their mobilization for the new vote in June 23, announcing at a rally in Istanbul the launch of his new elections campaign under the slogan "No One Believes Their Claims," condemning the "lies" and "excuses" of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which spoke of "gross abuses" during the vote, Sky News reported.

The appeals by Erdogan's party to the Supreme Electoral Commission led to the cancellation of the ballot in Istanbul and the call for new elections in June 23.

Akram Imam Oglu, a candidate for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), defeated the former Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim, ahead of him about 13,000 votes.

"In June 23, we will show all of Turkey that there is no way but democracy and the ballot boxes," Imam Oglu stressed.

Oglu said, "The resources of the Istanbul municipality are being looted, and the municipality is not the property of a group of people," noting that Erdogan's party spent 80 million liras ($ 13 million) in three years on the website of Istanbul municipality on the Internet, stressing that this figure was enough to establish websites for all municipalities of Turkey.

Questions remain on the reasons that led to the nullification of the election of the mayor, not the Municipal Council, which was won by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

In this context, an official source of the Republican People's Party, opposed to al-Arabiya Net said, "The government is silent on this matter, and did not make any comment despite the resentment of some voters and the record of their complaints through the media." It added, "If this manipulation is not dealt with, it will lead to the loss of many dissenting votes and thus will contribute to the victory of Erdogan's candidate."

A source close to Turkey's 11-member High Electoral Commission said it was late in announcing the final results due to the pressures of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding that it subjected to the orders of his party.

He pointed out that "the final official results that have not been issued yet are settled in favor of the opposition, and we can provide the victory of its candidate in Istanbul, despite the recounting of votes and appeal as evidence of the truth of this matter, he won after all."



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