Turkish Opposition to Appeal YSK Decision to Accept Unsealed Votes in Referendum

Apr 23, 2017, 02:22

Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

As the dust settled on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's referendum victory this week, we asked our readers what they thought its impact would be on Turkey's economy.

The board said it objected appeals presented by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the People's Democratic Party (HDP) as well as the "Patriotic Party", as ten members decided against annulling the vote, while only one voted in favor, the board said in a statement.

He declared the referendum results on constitutional changes "illegitimate" and stated that the party would use all legal paths to challenge it, according to the Post. It goes like this: become prime minister, then switch to president and boost your powers by tinkering with the constitution.

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Preliminary referendum results gave a narrow 51.4 percent approval for the biggest overhaul of Turkey's political system since the modern state was established almost a century ago, but opposition parties said the poll was deeply flawed.

Voters narrowly approved a set of constitutional reforms that will transform the country from a parliamentary democracy into a presidential republic, concentrating power in the hands of Erdoğan, who will be able to run for two more terms and potentially govern until 2029. "We must put an end to this", said Erodgan. The CHP and a pro-Kurdish opposition party had pledged to take legal action against what they said were irregularities in Sunday's referendum.

Following this decision, the CHP said it would not recognize the result of the plebiscite and would "explore every opportunity" to overrun it, mentioning in particular that it could file a complaint to the Turkish Constitutional Court and the ECHR.

Supporters of the "NO" vote, ( "Hayir" in Turkish) participate in a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Friday, April 21, 2017.

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The president said he expected the U.S.to take the necessary administrative decision to prevent Gulen from operating a terrorist organization in Pennsylvania.

"No court can undo/change the decisions of the nation", he tweeted.

The global monitors noted that the electoral board's move to validate ballots without the official stamps removed an important safeguard against fraud and was "contrary to the law".

Unofficial results show the Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the No vote stood at 48.59 percent.

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