"Historic" Rerun of Mayoral Election in Istanbul to Decide Future of Turkey President Erdogan

  • Istanbul residents are going to cast their votes yet again in the Istanbul mayoral election that was annulled once Turkey's ruling AK party alleged irregularities after opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won by 13,729 votes. Stakes for the second round has become high as the opposition secular Republican People's Party (CHP) has called annulment (announced in May’19) of the first Istanbul mayoral election (on March 31 vote) by High Election Board of Turkey a “coup” against democracy. 49-year old Imamoglu of CHP has vowed to "battle for democracy" in the mayoral election re-run. Polls say Imamoglu is going to win over ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim (founding member of Erdogan’s ruling AK party) yet again. Turkey President Erdogan has said “whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey”. Polling will continue from 8am (5 am GMT) to 5 pm (2 pm GMT) on Sunday and the result will be announced in the evening.