In particular, Fahrettin Altun told AP that the new local vote scheduled for 23 June extends Turkey's record of holding free and fair elections for nearly seven decades, adding that "we are also confident that the justice system will hold accountable all individuals and organizations that violated electoral laws during this process".
The Turkish Supreme Electoral Council voided earlier the results of a mayoral vote in Istanbul, where opposition politician Ekrem Imamoglu has won.
"The decision on setting a re-election was made because of the fact that some members of election commissions at polling places were not public servants, and because 22 protocols were empty and not signed. The Supreme Electoral Council’s decision proves that we are right and that our demands are fair. The today’s session [of the council] also decided to deprive [elected mayor Ekrem] Imamoglu of his mandate", Recep Ozel, representative of the AKP said earlier on Monday.
As a result of the 31 March municipal elections, the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has won the vote in Istanbul for the first time since 2002, while its candidate also won the mayoral election in the country's capital of Ankara for the first time since 1994. CHP candidates have also won in the cities of Izmir, Antalya, Adana and Mersin.