Turkey’s CHP discovers “imaginary voters” in princes’ islands

The Turkish Supreme Electoral Council has publicised the electoral lists that will remain open to the public until 17 January at 17:00 pm.

The Electoral Council sent out the list on 4 January.

This comes after the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the secular main opposition party in Turkey, stated that it has found 500 imaginary voters who are registered in the electoral list for the Princes’ Islands borough.

The Princes’ Islands of İstanbul. (Photo:Aysetolga.com)

Dr Canan Kaftancıoğlu, CHP’s Istanbul provincial chairwoman said there are voters registered to reside in abandoned buildings and demolished houses, where no one lives.

“There are ‘imaginary voters’ registered residing in these abandoned residential buildings. To the point that these numbers can change election results. In one flat there are twenty people who are supposedly registered voters,” Dr Kaftancıoğlu said.

Abandoned residential buildings where imaginary voters are registered in Princes’ Islands in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo: Bianet)

In a statement, the CHP’s Istanbul branch said: “For instance, 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 sixteen voters are registered.

The statement further gave a finding where “in Heybeliada, three imaginary voters were registered to a house burned down by a recent fire. Nine people were registered in the same way residing buildings on the verge of collapsing on Orhan and Kilavuz Streets.”

A resident in Heybeliada, in the Princes’ Islands, was included in the statement as a striking example of ‘imaginary voters.’

Nuri Dagdeviren (65) found out 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 three people with different surnames were registered to our residence, instead of me and my family.

It appears the three individuals, from Antalya 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 neighbour’s house too. Whatever we need to do to solve this issue we will do, we will do everything we can,”  vowed Dagdeviren.

The CHP statement further stated there has been a six percent in the voter base of 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.”

Dr Kaftancıoğlu further claimed there are cases of imaginary voters in previous elections as well. He promised that their objections will be completed soon as they will not allow any cheating in the coming 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 for them to 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 elections fraudulently whereas we would like to fairly win any election. We won’t sacrifice even a single vote. We will publicise any such cases of vote thuggery in the coming days,” concluded Dr Kaftancıoğlu.

Turkey warms up to local elections in March, which will be the last chain of ballot series in recent years before a general and a presidential election scheduled in 2023.

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