Petitions to cancel Turkey vote result rejected

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Ten out of 11 board members voted against the appeals, the YSK said in a statement.

On Sunday, Turkey narrowly voted to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers and replace their parliamentary system with a presidential one.

The complaints would be reviewed before noon, Sadi Guven said in Ankara, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

He said the electoral board's last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots had prevented proper record-keeping, meaning that it was now impossible to determine how many invalid or fake votes may have been counted.

Turkey's electoral authority on Wednesday rejected appeals to annul a referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan wide new powers, but the main opposition CHP party said it would maintain its legal challenge to the result.

The party said it would not recognize the result and explore every avenue to overturn the result, including applying to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights. "Appeals are a legal right, but one can not go beyond the law, to call on the people to take to the streets is a mistake", Yildirim told reporters.

Yildirim said the "the path to seek rights" should be limited to legal objections and urged the opposition to accept the vote's outcome.

"Calling people to the street is wrong and is outside the line of legitimacy", Yildirim said, adding, "we expect the main opposition party's leader to act more responsibly".

Some 2,000 protesters in Istanbul Wednesday evening demanded the resignation of the electoral board and chanted "Don't be silent, shout out, "no" to the presidency".

Unofficial results show a narrow win for Erdogan's "yes" campaign, which garnered 51.4 per cent of the vote.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe said Sunday's referendum had been an uneven contest.

"We look to the government of Turkey to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all its citizens", the statement said.

Erdogan has dismissed the criticism from the observer mission, telling the monitors that they should "know your place".

The U.S. response has been different, with President Donald Trump calling Erdogan shortly after the referendum to congratulate him on his win.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to the report earlier on Wednesday, saying it has "no reliability as their observations lack objectivity and are extremely partial".

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