Rabat – On Monday, Turkey’s Higher Election Board announced its decision to re-run elections in Istanbul, after an appeal by Turkey’s ruling party, Justice and Development (AK), to rescind and re-run elections.
The decision to re-run elections in Istanbul came hours after the Higher Election Board announced it was evaluating the Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeal.
The appeal to re-run elections in Istanbul came shortly after Turkey’s main opposition party candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People Party (CHP), won the Istanbul Municipality in mid-April for the first time in 25 years.
According to the Turkish electoral body, the election will be re-run in Istanbul on June 23, 2019.
President Erdogan’s ruling party requested a new ballot, citing “irregularities” in the local elections of March 31, 2019.
“The parties have also filed appeals to annul results in two Istanbul districts, Buyukcekmece and Maltepe, over the same claims,” Reuters reported.
Turkish Prosecutors investigated the alleged irregularities “which state-owned Anadolu news agency said resulted in 43 officials being linked to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen,” said the same source. Ankara has consistently blamed Gulen for a 2016 coup attempt.