Pollster says opposition candidate Imamoglu leading in Istanbul by 9 percent

The candidate for the opposition in Istanbul’s re-run of the mayoral election is leading polls by nearly 9 percent, according to a Turkish pollster company.

A KONDA survey shows Ekrem Imamoglu from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) garnering 54 percent, while Binali Yildirim from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is standing at 45 percent of the votes.

The survey’s figures include undecided and non-voter electorates with their rates, 9.4 percent when distributed evenly.

KONDA reportedly conducted its poll as face-to-face interviews with 3,498 Istanbulites in their households in 157 neighborhoods between June 15 and 16. Imamoglu defeated Yildirim in the March 31 local elections by a slight margin, having 39.5 percent versus 39.3 percent.

The AKP appealed to the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK), demanding the annulment and re-run of the mayoral polls in Istanbul based on alleged voting irregularities.

On May 6, the YSK ruled in favor of AKP. The re-run poll will be held on June 23.

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