ISTANBUL- The Istanbul Governor’s Office announced that it isn’t possible for both the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, and the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, to hold election rallies on March 22 at the same location in Istanbul, despite separate time slots.
"The problem is not of our making. We applied first and another date is not possible," Tekin said he told Güler. "The governor suggested holding the rally on March 21. But that is not possible because (party leader) Deniz Baykal’s schedule is not free. He suggested two alternative locations. We will look into that," Tekin said.
Meanwhile, the CHP's candidate for Istanbul mayor, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, while campaigning in central Istanbul, said, "Normally it is our application. We applied early and the district election board should have assessed that. Let them show us a place and we will hold our rally there."
"If justice is applied, the venue should be given to us. We have suggested Taksim. If we are given Taksim, it will also be a rehearsal for Labor Day on May 1," Tekin said.