Breathless competition in Istanbul
The March 31 local elections witnessed a big race between the People’s Alliance formed between the AK Party and MHP and the National Alliance of the CHP and Good Party. The most exciting race took place in Istanbul, where there were 10.5 million voters. The race between People’s Alliance’s candidate Binali Yildirim and the National Alliance’s candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was tight as a tick. In Ankara, Mansur Yavas, the candidate of the National Alliance outstripped Mehmet Ozhaseki of the People’s Alliance. In Izmir, Tunc Soyer won hands down against his rival People Alliance’s Nihat Zeybekci. Evaluating the outcome, the speakers of the People’s and the National Alliance claimed that they won the elections.
The People’s Alliance made an alliance in 51 cities, 30 of them metropolitan. The National Alliance collaborated in 53 cities, 23 of them metropolitan. In an election where 57 million voters
went to the polls, 1.156 million young people were 18 and had the right to vote for the first time.
As of a little past midnight, the AK Party had won 39 cities, CHP 20, MHP 12 and HDP 7. Fatih Mehmet Macoglu, a candidate of the Communist Party, was the first to win a mayoralty for his party in Turkey’s history, taking Tunceli. In Kirklareli, Mehmet Siyam Kesimoglu, the existing mayor of the city, won the mayoralty as an independent. According to preliminary results, the AK Party lost 11 of its 51 provincial mayors tht it won in 2014. The CHP increased the number of provincial mayors from 13 to 20, MHP from 9 to 12 and HDP maintained the number of provincial mayors of 7. The CHP included Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Artvin, Bilecik, Hatay, Mersin and Kirsehir among the provinces it will govern.
Breaths were held in Istanbul and Ankara, known as the fortress of the AK Party, Mansur Yavas, the candidate of the National Alliance in Ankara, won the election with 50.5 percent of the votes while his opponent Mehmet Ozhaseki from the AK Party received 47.2 percent. Binali Yildirim, the candidate of the People’s Alliance and Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate of the National Alliance, had an equal score of 48.7 percent as of 12:30 am Monday morning.
Change in Antalya
In Izmir, which is the castle of the CHP, the result has not changed. The National Alliance’s candidate, Mustafa Tunc Soyer, won the election with 58 percent of the votes while the AK Party’s candidate, Nihat Zeybekci, received only 38.4 percent.
In Antalya, where the competition was cutthroat, the Nation Alliance’s candidate, Muhittin Bocek, led the election race by taking the 50.7 percent of the votes while AK Party candidate Menderes Turel took 46.4 percent. In Bursa, known as one of AK Party’s castles, the current mayor from AK Party, Alinur Aktas, got the 49.4 percent of the votes and completed the race ahead of CHP candidate, Mustafa Bozbey, which received 46.9 percent.
In Adana, among the provinces with the highest competition, the MHP’s current Mayor, Huseyin Sozlu, took 42.9 percent of the votes while the CHP’s candidate, Zeydan Karalar, won the election with 53 percent.
The result has not changed in Eskisehir, which has been a stronghold of the CHP for many years. Yilmaz Buyukersen succeeded to be elected once again by taking 51.3 percent of the votes. The provinces where the AK Party received the highest votes were Rize, Konya, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Sakarya, Trabzon, Kayseri, Erzurum, Aksaray, Gumushane, Kastamonu, Kilis, Yozgat, Duzce and Nevsehir. The provinces where the CHP received the highest votes were Canakkale, Izmir, Sinop, Hatay, Bolu, Aydin, Burdur, Adana and Artvin.