Tunç Soyer, the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) new mayor elected in Izmir on Sunday, paid his first visit to the neighborhood where his vote share was the lowest, Sözcü newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Before Sunday’s vote, Soyer promised the residents of Izmir that his first visit would be to the neighbourhood that gave him the fewest votes, to show that he would not discriminate in his services as the mayor.
Soyer, who received the votes of 58 percent of the electorate in Izmir, visited the Dokuzlar neighbourhood, where he received the support of just 17 voters out of 356.
“As I said before the elections numerous times, we will work with all our power to provide equal services to all parts of our province without discriminating between voters,” Soyer said.
Meanwhile, another newly elected mayor in a district of Samsun on the Black Sea sparked criticisms after he said that he would prioritise the neighborhoods that voted for him the most.
Osman Topaloğlu, who became the new mayor of the 19 Mayıs district in Samsun, said that he would compare the votes the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received in his district in 2014 and 2019 elections.
Bedri Yaşar, a lawmaker from the opposition nationalist Good Party said he felt ashamed of Topaloğlu’s statement. “The mayor violated the law with his words. He should immediately apologise to our citizens,” he said.