Turkey’s ruling party has asked for a recent municipal election it lost in Istanbul to be invalidated.

The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, filed its “extraordinary objection” to the March 31 election with Turkey’s electoral board on Tuesday. Citing alleged irregularities, the party previously pushed for a recount of votes, and the process is still underway in one Istanbul district.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP and its ally won a majority of local election votes across Turkey but lost in the capital of Ankara. In Istanbul, unofficial contested results give the mayoral candidate of the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, a 13,827-vote lead over AKP’s candidate.

Ekrem Imamoglu, centre, the opposition, Republican People's Party's (CHP) mayoral candidate in Istanbul, talks to members of the media, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ekrem Imamoglu, centre, the opposition, Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) mayoral candidate in Istanbul, talks to members of the media, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The electoral board is expected to rule on the party’s request after all recounts are complete. If it accepts AKP’s objection, Istanbul could repeat the election on June 2.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at an assembly for religious schools, in Istanbul, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at an assembly for religious schools, in Istanbul, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition, Republican People's Party's (CHP) mayoral candidate in Istanbul, talks to members of the media, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition, Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) mayoral candidate in Istanbul, talks to members of the media, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, receives a souvenir from his Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu during a ceremony at the headquarters of a special security force in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, receives a souvenir from his Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu during a ceremony at the headquarters of a special security force in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)