EU demands clarification from Turkey after the cancellation of the election of the mayor of Istanbul

Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn called the cancellation of the election of the mayor of Istanbul “a decision taken in a politicized context.” New elections in Istanbul may take place on June 23.

After the cancellation of the local elections in Istanbul, the European Union called on the responsible election Commission to provide immediately justification for its decision. “The rationale for this far-reaching decision, taken in a highly politicized context, must be immediately open to a public inquiry.”

Free, fair and transparent elections are necessary for any democracy, as well as for relations between the EU and Turkey, Mogherini and Khan said in a General statement. “It is important for the Istanbul election Commission to be able to carry out its work in an independent, open and transparent manner,” the politicians emphasize. In addition, they believe that the organizers of the elections should invite international observers.

As a result of the March vote, Ekrem Imamoglu, a representative of the opposition people’s Republican party, won. He received almost 15 thousand more votes (about 0.3%) than the former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, nominated for mayor by the ruling “Justice and Development Party.” It protested the results, claiming numerous violations. On Monday, the election Commission annulled the results of the vote. According to the state news Agency Anadolu, a new vote will be held on June 23.