Governance

Istanbul Election Rerun: HDP to Cover Transportation Expenses for Voters in South East

While the HDP has offered free transportation ahead of the elections, the CHP has announced that it will help old, sick and disabled people to cast their votes.

Five days into Istanbul's mayoral election rerun, the political parties ramped up their efforts to make their supporters go to the polls on June 23 in what is expected to be a close contest between the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Binali Yildirim and the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) Ekrem Imamoglu.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which announced support for the opposition's candidate, has announced that it will cover the transportation expenses of the voters in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

HDP Diyarbakir Provincial Executive Edip Binbir said that they are making intense efforts to make the HDP voters who reside in Istanbul to cast their votes, speaking to the Mezopotamya Agency.

Saying that they will help the people of Diyarbakir and other provinces of the region who reside in Istanbul but came to their hometowns for the summer holiday, Binbir called the HDP supporters to need to apply at the party's provincial and district organizations.

While Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey with a population that exceeds 15 million, only 15 percent of them have their state registers in Istanbul, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. Hence the population of the city decreases significantly in summer months when the schools are closed as many people go to their hometowns or holiday destinations.

The CHP meanwhile has announced that it will offer help to the sick, old and disabled people. The KadikAly District Municipality in Istanbul launched a service what it calls "unobstructed transportation".

Shuttles of the municipality will work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the election day. Health personnel will help old and sick people from their home to the polling stations, the municipality stated.

Source: English Bianet