UPDATING: Allegations of Irregularities in İstanbul Metropolitan Mayoral Election Rerun

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  • June 23, 2019
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* Photograph: AA / “Ballot Box”

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As the ballot boxes have opened for the repeat İstanbul Metropolitan Mayoral elections, allegations of violations committed during the voting process have been coming from some districts and ballot boxes.

Some of these allegations are as follows:

‘Parliamentary Election’ seals in 2 districts

Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Mahmut Tanal tweeted earlier today, “Parliamentary elections are written on the balloting committee seals on voting envelopes in Üsküdar. Please, show the utmost attention and care.”

Shortly afterwards, similar news came from the district of Beykoz as well. 

In response, former CHP MP and journalist Barış Yarkadaş stated on Twitter, “The problem regarding the expression of ‘Parliamentary Election’ has been solved. Here is the verdict which rules that the envelopes in question shall be deemed valid” and shared the below picture.

In its related ruling, the Beykoz District Election Council indicated that the envelopes with “Parliamentary election” written on them will be considered valid. “The starting of voting procedure from scratch is not within time and possibility, considering that when the issue was detected, the voting process had already started,” the ruling stated further.


At Kağıthane Atatürk Primary School, a person who attempted to vote while having his/her mobile phone with him/her tried to prevent the balloting committee members who wanted to take an action. Minutes were taken down regarding the incident.


At Avcılar Atatürk Secondary School, it was alleged that one person cast vote though his/her name was not indicated in the voters’ list. Minutes were taken down regarding the incident and the vote of the person was deemed invalid.