The ruling AK Party submitted to Turkey’s top election body (YSK) a list of voters dismissed from their jobs as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown and asked for the cancellation of the poll in Istanbul where the candidate of the opposition party won the race.
The opposition’s İstanbul mayoral candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, was on Wednesday officially declared the new mayor of Turkey’s largest city, after 17 days of objections by the AK Party and ensuing vote recounts. President Erdoğan also alleged fraud in İstanbul’s election.
On Thursday, AK Party submitted a new list of the voters who were removed from their jobs as part of the government’s crackdown in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 failed coup. AK Party argues that purge victims should not be entitled to vote.
Turkish government survived the attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others, however; AK Party officials along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group and launched a widespread war on its alleged and real followers.
The group denies any involvement.
More than 90,000 people have been jailed while more than 150,000 have been removed from state posts due to alleged Gülen links since the coup attempt.