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Turkish police going door-to-door asking who residents voted for: opposition

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As a controversy over the İstanbul mayoral election continues, the Turkish opposition has claimed that the police are going door-to-door in the Büyükçekmece district, asking residents who they voted for, the Artı Gerçek news website reported on Tuesday.

The allegation was made by Engin Altay and Seyit Torun, top officials from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), whose candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, won the run for mayor of İstanbul according to unofficial results of the March 31 polls.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has repeatedly objected to the İstanbul election, demanding several recounts and even calling for a new election.

“The police are going door-to-door in Büyükçekmece. ‘Which party did you vote for?’ they ask,” Altay said, condemning what he refers to as state-sponsored terrorism perpetrated on citizens because of their political choices.

An investigation was launched into locations in Büyükçekmece based on allegations that voter registries were altered immediately before the election.

The claims were supported by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, who on Tuesday expressed support for the calls for a new election.

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