Turkish opposition says intelligence service meddled in elections

A senior Turkish opposition politician has accused the country’s intelligence service of interfering in elections to help President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist party.

Özgür Özel, the deputy head of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) in parliament, said the party had concrete evidence that the National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) had taken steps to ensure wins for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in several elections.

“No ifs or buts about it, we have no doubt whatsoever that the person at the head of MİT has been involved with all elections,” news site Duvar quoted Özel as saying.

Private information, such as voters’ medical records, obtained in violation of the Personal Data Protection Act, was given to the AKP and the Supreme Election Council and used to cancel elections, Özel said. 

One of the reasons the Supreme Election Council cited for cancelling the mayoral election in Istanbul the March was that mentally ill and otherwise incapacitated people had been allowed to vote.

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