With about 60 percent of the votes counted, heading the conservative AKP of Erdogan on a score from 46.1 percent, reports Anadolu. The main opposition party, the centre-left CHP, is set at 30,3 per cent.
But in Ankara and Istanbul, both parties are in a neck-to-nekrace involved. In Istanbul's AKP light advantage: with 70 percent of the votes counted, leads this party with 49,7 percent, compared to 47,8 per cent for the CHP.
In the capital, the situation is reversed: the candidate-mayor of CHP is at 49,7%, the AKP candidate on 47,9. Also in Ankara is 70 percent of the votes counted.
The loss of the capital, where the AKP for more than 20 years, the mayor provides, would be a painful defeat mean for the party of Erdogan.