Election board rejects Turkish opposition call for Ankara re-run

Turkey's High Election Board on Thursday refused an appeal by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of local election results in the capital

Election board rejects Turkish opposition call for Ankara re-run


World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's High Election Board on Thursday refused an appeal by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of local election results in the capital Ankara, local media said.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party largely dominated Turkey's electoral map in the March 30 nationwide municipal elections, but the CHP challenged the result in Ankara, which was a particularly close race.

A senior CHP official told Reuters its Ankara candidate would now take the case to the Constitutional Court, although Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Tuesday any election board decision would be final.

"After what we've heard from the justice minister, I'm not very confident about the constitutional court. The European Court of Human Rights is the last and only option," a CHP adviser said.

No official results have been announced, but informal tallies from Turkish news channels put the Erdogan's AK Party at 45 percent nationwide, compared to 28 percent for the CHP.

In Ankara, incumbent mayor Melih Gokcek of the AKP secured 44.6 percent of the votes, narrowly beating CHP nominee Mansur Yavas on 43.8 percent.

Later on Wednesday the election board told vote organisers in the northwestern province of Yalova to investigate a complaint from AK Party that there has been irregularities there, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2014, 00:22
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