Votes cast at Customs gates by Turkish expats ended an ongoing controversy between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) over who has been elected as the last deputy from İstanbul.
The Supreme Election Board (YSK) on Monday distributed votes to deputy candidates from political parties in every Turkish province. The distribution showed Muhammet Bilal Macit from the AK Party, who is the youngest deputy in the Parliament at the age of 26, is the winner.
After the votes in ballot boxes were counted on June 12, the AK Party announced that its candidate, Macit, won a seat in Parliament from the first electoral district of İstanbul. However, the MHP declared later in the week that they had appealed at a district election board in İstanbul, arguing that the votes were not counted correctly. According to MHP Deputy Chairman Faruk Bal, the election board accepted their appeal, and the election of Macit was nullified. “Hayrettin Nuhoğlu from the MHP has become the last deputy to enter Parliament from İstanbul,” he said.
Macit was declared the winner after the vote count at Custom gates.
Turkish expats started casting their votes at 25 Customs gates on May 10, with nearly 122,000 expats doing so. The AK Party garnered around 62 percent of the votes at Customs gates across Turkey, while 26.4 percent went to the Republican People's Party (CHP) and 8 percent of the votes were for the MHP. In İstanbul's first electoral district, the AK Party received 5,100 votes, while the MHP won 490 votes.