What Happened: Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) has cleared the way for the same balloting officials who monitored voting in Istanbul's contested mayoral election on March 31 to oversee the June 23 revote, the Hurriyet Daily News reported June 4. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has appealed the decision, which appears to contradict the AKP claims that prompted the election do-over in the first place.
Why It Matters: Istanbul is a top prize in Turkish politics and the YSK's decision has generated confusion ahead of this month's critical revote.
Background: The YSK sided with the ruling party on May 6 when it ordered a new election in Istanbul. The AKP claimed polling irregularities invalidated enough of the 14,000 votes separating the opposition winner, Ekrem Imamoglu, from the AKP's Binali Yildirim to justify the rerun.
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