Istanbul, Turkey – Residents of Istanbul are back in the polling station in a repeat of the mayoral elections held about three months ago.
The recurrence comes weeks after Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), won the competition in the Turkish Trade Center by a narrow margin over Binali Yildirim the ruling . Party for Justice and Development (AK party).
Voting began at 8:00 local time (5:00 GMT) and continues until 1
The results of the polls of March 31 were a heavy blow to the AK party, which lost control of the provincial capital of Ankara and the third-largest city of Izmir in the same local polls .
The AK Party, led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, successfully campaigned for a repeat of the mayoral election in Istanbul after Imamoglu secured the seat with only 13,729 votes difference.
Imamoglu was only in office for 18 days when the Turkish electoral board rescheduled in the country's largest city, citing "situations that influenced the outcome and honesty of the polls". The decision came after the AK Party, which ruled Istanbul over the last two decades, had made an "extraordinary protest" against the outcome.
In a country with very few swing voters, the inhabitants of Turkey have a deep-seated loyalty to their respective political decisions.
s "happy" would be a new vote.
"CHP has cheated … so another option that is not tampered with is better," said Kamat, a private security officer who demanded that his last name not be used.
[ ired of their lies #
Across the divide, similar words are used to support CHP.
Zeynep, who for fear of reprisals did not mention her surname, said she was tired of the AK party's "lies."
"They stole power from Imamoglu and they oppress the media and everyone, thinking as they always did," the 61-year-old told Al Jazeera.
"I'm fed up with the AK Party, I'm tired of the lies and what they did to this country."
According to Soner Cagaptay, D Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, The Mayors Repeat is a historic turning point in the country.
Cagaptay has never before said in Turkey's history that since 1950, when it became a multiparty democracy, the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) had reversed an important election result.
"This is the first time … the loser did not accept the result, they challenged what they wanted and they got a revote," Cagaptay told Al Jazeera.
"The board really could not stand Erdogan's political personality and bowed to him."
On Sunday, during the first live TV debate in Turkey, Imamoglu talked about the repetition of a "democracy struggle" for 17 years.
"It is a challenge of democracy … I am an elected mayor of the metropolis … [so this is] a challenge against those who have claimed our rights," Imamoglu said.
While Turkey has experienced its first recession in a decade, Istanbul's mayoral candidates have focused on unemployment, poverty and living costs.
According to the latest data from the Turkish Statistical Institute in 2017, Istanbul, with 970 billion Turkish lira ( 166.6 billion USD) accounted for just over 31 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) means that the city has a bigger economy than countries like Finland and Egypt, Portugal and Greece.
Nevertheless, the distress GDP per capita has fallen in the last six years, putting pressure on many in Istanbul.
Social media users used the live debate on Sunday to ask if the candidates would indicate their value in their election.
Yildirim of the AK Party replied that there was no such "tradition". "But there is no problem for me, we are ready to be held accountable," he said.
For reasons of "honesty," CHP's Imamoglu said it was a "pleasure" to do so.  Istanbul Mayor's Race 2 “/>
Imamoglu's new slogan, which means "Everything will be very beautiful," was plastered throughout Istanbul in the weeks leading up to the vote. [Tessa Fox/ Al Jazeera]