Despite the likelihood that the outcome of Sunday’s historic election was likely to change dramatically, official media declared that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had seized an early lead.
Erdogan led opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu with 53.2 percent of the vote with 34.4 percent of the votes counted.
The majority of early ballots appeared to have been counted in pro-Erdogan areas of Turkey‘s north and east.
According to a spokeswoman for Kilicdaroglu’s Republican People’s Party (CHP), the opposition’s internal tally produced a “positive” result.
According to our data, we see a positive picture, said Faik Oztrak, a CHP party spokesman.
Once a sufficient number of ballot boxes have been opened, we will begin to give the numbers.
Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition mayor of Istanbul who could succeed Kilicdaroglu as president, asked the public not to believe the results given by Turkey’s official state news agency, Anadolu.
We don’t believe Anadolu at all, Imamoglu remarked.
On Sunday, one of Turkey’s most important elections since the fall of the Ottoman Empire will take place, deciding the destiny of the country’s longest-serving president.
The bulk of pre-election polls showed Kilicdaroglu with a modest lead and on the verge of breaking the 50% threshold required to avoid a runoff on May 28.