Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Monday ruled to hold a new election in İstanbul due to claims by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of election fraud in polls held on March 31.

Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu won the March 31 local election in İstanbul against the AKP’s candidate, Binali Yıldırım. However, İmamoğlu was not given the mandate to govern until April 17 because the AKP objected to the election results, asking for a recount of votes in many İstanbul districts.

After İmamoğlu officially began his tenure, the YSK has come under intense pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is also the leader of the AKP, who on many occasions said there was controversy surrounding the İstanbul vote and that the YSK should clear it up.