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Istanbul revote decision 'important step for democracy'

– ‘Organized corruption, utter lawlessness and irregularity occurred in Istanbul election,’ says President Erdogan

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu, Faruk Zorlu and Diyar Guldogan</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called the country’s top election body's decision for a do-over election in Istanbul an &quot;important step in strengthening Turkey's democracy&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;We see this decision of the Turkish Supreme Election Council (YSK), which will remove the shadow over Istanbul elections, an important step in strengthening Turkey's democracy,&quot; Erdogan said during his address to lawmakers of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at parliament group meeting.</p> <p>His remarks came a day after Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced that a do-over election in Istanbul will be held on June 23.</p> <p>The council members accepted the AK Party's objection to the local election results in Istanbul with seven votes in favor and four against.

The YSK said that the decision was taken as some ballot committee members who served during the elections were not civil servants as required by law.

“We sincerely believe organized corruption, utter lawlessness and irregularity occurred in the Istanbul elections, ” he said.

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