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Turkey's election body limits recount in Istanbul

Supreme Election Council partially rejects AK Party's appeal to recount all votes in city except for 51 ballot boxes

Vakkas Doğantekin   | 09.04.2019
Turkey's election body limits recount in Istanbul

Ankara

ANKARA

Turkey’s Supreme Election Council on Monday partially rejected an appeal by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party to recount all votes in Istanbul except for 51 ballot boxes in 21 districts.

Recep Ozel, the AK Party’s representative on the election board, told reporters that his party's appeal to cancel the election results in the city’s Buyukcekmece district will be decided by the council Tuesday.

The party is calling for a repeat of elections in the district, alleging "organized irregularities".

Ozel said the party will continue its legal efforts to contest the elections in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also raised concerns about "organized interference" in the Istanbul elections earlier Monday.

"We, as the political party, have detected organized crime and some organized activities," Erdogan told reporters ahead of his departure from Istanbul for Moscow.

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