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Signs of fraud ahead of elections in Turkey

After an investigation into the electoral lists, CHP Istanbul branch has announced that it has found 500 imaginary voters registered in the electoral list for the Princes’ Islands borough.

 ‘There are ‘imaginary voters’ registered living in abandoned residential buildings. These numbers can change election results. There are buildings where in a single flat 20 people are registered,’ Istanbul provincial chairman of CHP, Dr. Canan Kaftancıoğlu stated.

CHP Istanbul branch made a press release regarding the finding.

In the press release, the account of a particular resident of Heybeliada, one of the Princes’ Islands, is also included with some striking details. Nuri Dagdeviren, 65, found out that three other individuals were registered to his house. ‘Just like any other citizen, I checked the electoral register of our house. Only then did I realise that three people with different surnames were registered to our residence, instead of me and my family. It appears that three individuals, fromAntalya Kepez, İstanbul Tuzla and Hatay, İskenderun live in my house. I have been living in this house on Heybeliada since 1977, and have never encountered anything like this before. I will open a court case regarding this issue and will do whatever I can to stop this. There are fake voters registered in our neighbor’s houses too. Whatever we need to do to solve this issue we will do, we will do everything we can,’  Mr Dagdeviren commented.

‘At the Buyukada, Nizam neighbourhood, Albayrak St., there are three people registered at an abandoned building. In the same neighbourhood, on Camlibel St., there is a private residence which is not used by anyone, where 16 voters are registered. In Heybeliada, three imaginary voters were registered to a house burned down by a recent fire. 9 people were registered in the same way to buildings that are on the verge of collapsing on Orhan and Kilavuz Streets,’ the press release stated.

The press release also held that there is a %6 increase in the voter base in the Princes’ Islands. ‘While there is a %1-1.5 increase in the number of voters in the 38 boroughs of Istanbul, the exponential increase in the islands point to serious allegations and proofs of cheating. In 2014, the vote difference between CHP, the leading party in the islands, and AKP in the Princes’ islands was 826,’ the statement added.

Dr Kaftanlioglu further held that there were cases of imaginer voters in previous elections as well, and that they will complete their objections as soon as possible and will not allow cheating in the elections.

‘Istanbulites should be able to rest easy. We will not allow electoral fraud in this coming elections. My only request from my fellow citizens is, they should do their voter enquiry on the YSK website. It is sufficient if they inform us that there are people registered to their residences who do not live there. We won’t let them win the elections by fraud while we would normally win in a proper election. We won’t sacrifice even a single vote. We will publicize any such cases of vote thievery in the coming days,’ Dr Kaftanlioglu stated.

The supreme electoral council published the electoral lists on January 4. The lists will remain open to the public until 17 January, Thursday, 17 pm.

Nurdan ARSLAN
Email: nurdan@thelondonpost.co.uk

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