Turkish ruling party files new petition to cancel Istanbul polls

ANKARA, The Justice and Development (AK) Party submitted a new petition for the country’s High Election Board to cancel the results of the last month local elections in Istanbul.

The new petition, includes a list of 14,712 non-eligible voters who cast their ballots, the party’s deputy chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Saturday.

These people were dismissed from public posts under a presidential decree but were found out to have voted in Istanbul during March 31 local elections, Yavuz said.

The new petition and the list of the non-eligible voters were sent as an attachment to the emergency petition submitted by the party on April 16.

On Wednesday, Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) officially took office as mayor of Istanbul metropolis of 16 million people, but his election still faces legal challenges from the ruling party.

Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31, in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, and other officials for the next five years.

Source: Kuwait News Agency