Turkey’s AKP Accused of Systemic Election Fraud Plots for Early Presidential and National Elections
While Scandals about Systemic Election Fraud Deepen, Erdogan may be plotting for Early, Presidential and National Elections
nsnbc : Turkey’s opposition parties called on Turkey’s Election Commission to investigate the alleged manipulation of 3,500 ballot boxes in Istanbul, and election fraud by Turkey’s governing AKP, amounting to 10 % of the votes in Istanbul alone. Election fraud with the ruling AKP as beneficiary has been reported from districts throughout the country. While the ruling AKP stands accused of widespread, systemic election fraud in the local elections, the AKP prepares for early national elections.
Widespread and systemic election fraud. The provincial head of Turkey’s main opposition party CHP, Oguz Kaan Salici, and the party’s candidate for Istanbul, Mustafa Sarigül, announced that the CHP asks Turkey’s Election Commission to investigate allegations about massive election fraud committed by the governing AKP party of P.M. R. Tayyip Erdogan.
At a press conference, held at the CHP headquarters in Levent, Istanbul, Salici accused the ruling AKP of misplacing the CHP’s and other parties’ votes. The Turkish Aydinlik Daily newspaper cites Sergül as saying:
“When we compared the original signed documents with those of the Supreme Committee of Elections, we noticed that there is a difference of about 3,500 ballot boxes, and if you think that there were 32,000 boxes in total in Istanbul, it adds up to more than 10%.
The CHP’s mayoral candidate for Üskündar, Ihsan Özkes, emphasized that complaints over nine cases of fraud had been filed to the Election Committee. Aydinlik Daily cites Özkes as saying:
“Ballots, which belonged to another district, were used in Üskündar, and there are 15,689 invalid votes here, which we think belong to our voters”.
The CHP Chairman for Küçükçekmece, Dursun Zengin, complained to the Aydinlik newspaper, saying that “most of the teachers who had been assigned as polling clerks behaved like AKP militants”.
The AKP, however, also made an objection about the result in the Istanbul district of Kartal, reports Aydinlik Daily, adding that the second largest opposition party, represented in the Turkish parliament, the MHP, has demanded that the Supreme Committee of Elections recounts the votes in Kastamonu, Igdir, and Kütahya.
The local elections in Turkey, which have a great impact on the upcoming national elections, have been riddled with scandals since day one. At times, scandals which were borderline grotesque.
Turkey’s Energy Minister, for example, stated that sudden “power cuts in 40 districts”, which happened while the ballots were being counted, had been caused by “a cat that had entered a transformer”.
Suspicious power cuts occurred, especially, in regions where the governing AKP’s situation was critical, stressing that Dikmen, Keçiören and Mamak provinces of Ankara; several districts of Istanbul such as Bakırköy, Sarıyer, Beyoğlu, Kartal, Beylikdüzü, Esenyurt, Bakırköy and Şişli, where the CHP grassroots are stronger, faced the power cuts during the vote count. Power cuts were also reported in Van, Bitlis, Hatay, Gaziantep, Mardin, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa, Eskişehir, Zonguldak, Mersin and Adana in Anatolia.
The official Election Website showed that CHP votes in Ankara fell from 1,370,210 to 1,368,505 after a ballot box was opened. The AKP vote rose by a similar number. Similar foul play, predominantly with the AKP as the beneficiary of “mistakes” was reported from districts throughout the country.
Accused of fraud in the local elections, the AKP calls for early national elections. While the ruling AKP of Prime Minister R. Tayyip Erdogan stands accused of systemic election fraud in the local elections, AKP officials are reportedly preparing for early national elections.
Turkey’s Aydinlik Daily reports that the AKP is preparing to combine the Presidential elections with the general elections in early polls. The newspaper stressed that P.M. Erdogan previously said that elections may be held at an earlier date that originally scheduled, and cites circles close to the P.M. as saying, that Erdogan is working on several alternatives regarding early general elections.
Ch/L – nsnbc 03.04.2014