CHP’s Yavas appeals to Constitutional Court over poll results

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ankara candidate Mansur Yavas appealed to the Constitutional Court on Monday over polls results his party rejects.

The Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejected the challenge filed by Yavas last week to contest the recent voting results in 25 towns in Ankara.

After the capital’s provincial election board declined the CHP plea for the local elections in Ankara to be annulled and held again, the main opposition party took its case to the YSK.

Despite initial results indicating that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) candidate, Melih Gokcek, won the tight contest by a very small margin, the CHP has yet to cede the race, claiming that the elections were rigged. Demanding a recount of the votes in Ankara province, the CHP has contested the election results in 25 towns.

The YSK’s decision is final and there is no appeal process. Yavas, as a result, considered to continue his challenge in the Constitutional Court as a last resort.

Yavas said in his Twitter account on Monday that he used his right to individual appeal to the Constitutional Court and said he has complete belief that the high court will handle the case in a fair way.

CHP candidate Yavas earlier claimed that incorrect procedures and rule violations had occurred related to a total of 6,240 of the signed election records in the province of Ankara.

According to the CHP candidate, who lost to Gokcek by less than 1 percent of the total valid ballots cast, which is around 32,000 votes, if the ballots are recounted he may emerge as the victor in the race.