Polling company report reveals districts played crucial role in Turkey’s election results

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A report drafted by the Konda polling company on the outcome of the June 24 presidential and general elections shows that the results of the elections were determined by voters’ decisions in a number of districts across the country, the t24 news website reported on Monday.

Turkey held early presidential and general elections on June 24. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) emerged as the winner of the elections, receiving 42 percent of the nationwide vote, while AKP leader President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was re-elected in the first round of voting, receiving 52 percent.

According to the Konda report the AKP received an absolute majority of votes in 417 districts across Turkey where voters number 16,597 million, which corresponds to 30 percent of the total number of voters.

One-third of the votes received by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which won 11.7 percent of the nationwide vote, came from districts.

The report said following the AKP, the HDP conducts the most effective politics in the districts, adding: “Considering the fact that the HDP is the dominant party in southeastern districts, it received an absolute majority of votes in 73 districts.”

According to the report, the number of districts where the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) won the absolute majority of votes remained at 24.

In half of the 957 districts, no political party managed to receive the absolute majority of the vote.

Konda’s report also said although the percentage of the vote received by the parties seems to be changing from one election to another, the social ground where the parties position themselves does not change much.

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