CHP presidential candidate donates money to rivals’ campaign accounts

A handout picture taken and released on May 19, 2018 by the press office of the Republican People's Party shows Presidential candidate of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince performing the folkloric Halay dance during an election campaign rally in Samsun, Turkey. / AFP PHOTO / Republican People's Party (CHP) Press Service / Ziya KOSEOGLU / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / REPUBLICAN PEOPLE'S PARTY PRESS OFFICE / ZIYA KOSEOGLU"

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce has made a TL 500 donation to the campaign accounts of each of his rivals in the June 24 presidential election.

İnce said he hopes the presidential candidates — President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Selahattin Demirtaş, Meral Akşener, Temel Karamollaoğlu and Doğu Perinçek — will make good use of the money he donated, adding that Erdoğan actually does not need any money for his campaign.

Erdoğan is accused by the opposition of using state funds for his presidential campaign.

Presidential candidates have to meet expenditures for their campaigns from donations made to their official accounts opened for this purpose and are prohibited from using any other financial source. Every registered voter can donate as much as TL 13,916 to the presidential candidates.

İnce has collected TL 3 million in donations so far, according to Turkish media reports.

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