Turkey court cancels mayoral vote in north-east province

Turkey's Supreme Election Board decides to void mayoral election results in Yalova, citing voting by people who were not licensed to do so.

Turkey court cancels mayoral vote in north-east province

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Supreme Election Board of Turkey, the country's highest election body, voted 9-2 Monday to void the mayoral election results in Yalova, a province on the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara, following the findings of a local election commission.

The board also ordered a revote to take place on June 1.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party had filed a petition of objection to the board, seeking to void the results for the mayor of Yalova, citing that mentally disabled, military personnel and polling station staff had voted in the March 30 elections despite the fact that they were not eligible.

The board had issued an interim decision, commissioning the Yalova Election Commission to look into the petition's accusations.

The findings of the commission have established that seven people not eligible to vote did so.

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced April 2 that it had won the mayorship of Yalova province by six votes, following a recount after the first official results, which had seen the ruling AK Party candidate win by a single vote. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Nisan 2014, 10:09