Istanbul, Turkey – Residents of Istanbul will be back at the polling stations on Sunday in the mayoral election, which was last held about three months ago.
The rerun comes weeks after Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP), won the contest in Turkey's commercial hub by a slim margin over Binali Yildirim of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
The result of the March 31 polls was a big blow to the AK Party, which in the same local polls also lost control of the country's capital, Ankara, and Izmir, the third largest city. 1
Imamoglu spent only 18 days in office when Turkey's election board ordered in the country's largest city, citing "situations affecting the result and honesty" of the polls. The decision came after the AK Party, which ran Istanbul for the past two decades, lodged in "extraordinary objection" against the result.
A country with very few swing voters, residents in Turkey have deep-rooted loyalty to their respective political choices.
Kamat, a 39-year-old AK Party supporter, said he s "happy" a new vote would be good.
"CHP cheated… so another election security isn't going to be better," a private security worker who requested his last name not to be used, called Al Jazeera.
'T ired of their lies'
Similar words are similar to support of CHP.
Zeynep, who also did not give her last name for fear of reprisal, said she was tired of the AK Party's "lies."
"They are the power from Imamoglu and they are suppressing the media and everyone to think the way they always," the 61-year-old customs Al Jazeera.
"I'm tired of the AK Party, I'm tired of their lies and what they've done to this country."
According to Soner Cagaptay , d the Washington Research Institute, mayoral rerun is an historic turning point in the country.
Cagaptay said never before The Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) reversed a major election outcome in the history of Turkey since it became a multiparty democracy in 1950.
"This is the first time… the loser did not accept the outcome, they challenged what they wanted and they got a revote, "Cagaptay told Al Jazeera.
"The board really couldn't stand the weight of Erdogan's political personality and bowed to him." Speaking on Sunday during Turkey's first live TV debate in 17 years, Imamoglu called the rerun "democracy fight"
"It is a challenge of democracy … I am a metropolitan mayor … [so this is] a challenge against who has claimed our rights," Imamoglu said.
With Turkey facing its first recession in a decade, the Istanbul mayoral candidates have mostly focused on unemployment, poverty and the cost of living.
According to the most recent data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute in 2017, 970 billion Turkish liras ( $ 166.6bn), Istanbul accounts for just over 31 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), meaning the city has an economy greater than countries such as Finland, Egypt , Portugal and Greece
Even so, the distr The GDP per capita has been reduced by the past six years, many of the Istanbul residents
Social media users took advantage of the live debate on Sunday to ask if the candidates would declare their worth if elected. ]
The AK Party's Yildirim replied there is no such "tradition". "But for me, there is no problem; we are ready to be accountable," he said.
In the purpose of "honesty", CHP's Imamoglu said it would be a "pleasure" for him to do so.  Istanbul mayor race 2 “/>
Imamoglu's new slogan, which translates to 'everything will be very beautiful', has been plastered across Istanbul in the weeks leading up to the vote [Tessa Fox/ Al Jazeera]