Four independent candidates apply to cancel Istanbul polls

Four independent deputy candidates for Istanbul in recent election submit petition to cancel votes of city

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Four independent candidates that had nominated themselves for the June 7 election but failed to enter the parliament, submitted a petition to cancel votes of Istanbul over irregular ballot paper.

The independent candidates were retired major general Osman Pamukoglu as well as Levent Sekban, Ersan Gokgoz and Mihriye Nevra Olcer.

Sekban and Gokgoz submitted petition to the Istanbul provincial election board on Tuesday.

Gokgoz claimed there are 537,000 void votes and that is a “record number” for Istanbul, adding the main cause is people impressed seal twice after getting confused of independent boxes being placed underneath the party candidates.

While Sekban said the official told them the reason for the boxes for independent candidates to be placed under parties were due to high number of independents from Istanbul and lack of space on the papers.

In Istanbul, Pamukoglu received 15,180 votes, Gokgoz had 372 votes, Sekban gained 648 while Olcer collected 1737 votes in the election.

Meanwhile, political parties have also petitioned to the election results in couple provinces over various reasons.

In eastern province of Erzincan, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) provincial head Orhan Bulut announced that they have appealed against the results of the election in Erzincan and requested the votes in the centre and eight districts to be recounted.

Bulut claimed the second deputy candidate nominated by the AK Party had lost his position by “very small amount of votes,” and added 963 votes needed of the second candidate to win the election, stating the void votes are the reason behind the loss of the candidate.

Also, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) objected to the results in Igdir and submitted a petition for the votes to be counted again.

Meanwhile, three parties, the AK Party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) all requested the votes in western province of Izmir to be recounted.

TRTWorld and agencies