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Turkey’s election board rejects recount call in 31 districts

Published: April 09, 2019 12:53:27 | Updated: April 11, 2019 20:38:08


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attending a voting at a polling station during the municipal elections in Istanbul, Turkey -Reuters file Photo

Turkey’s High Election Board has rejected a request by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party to recount all votes in 31 Istanbul districts, a board member said on Tuesday, but his party vowed to challenge the decision.

Erdogan said on Monday the local elections were marred by “organised crime” at ballot boxes in Istanbul, raising the possibility of re-running a March 31 vote in the city that handed a slim majority to the main opposition party.

Erdogan’s comments, his strongest challenge yet to the election process in Turkey’s largest city, briefly drove the lira down and also weighed on Turkish stocks. After the latest decision, the lira was slightly weaker at 5.68 to the dollar, according to a Reuters report.

The AKP’s High Election Board (YSK) representative Recep Ozel told reporters the board had only agreed to a recount of 51 ballot boxes, spread across 21 of the city’s total 39 districts. A total of 350 voters are assigned to each ballot box.

AK Party Deputy Chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz subsequently said his party would challenge the decision to reject a recount.

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