Turkey's opposition to demand annulation of referendum


Opposition parties including the main opposition CHP and the pro-Kurdish HDP had called on the electoral board to annul Sunday's vote, which was narrowly won by the "Yes" camp, because unstamped ballot papers were included.

According to Turkish electoral law, officials have to stamp ballots, that are then placed in stamped envelopes before being dropped in the ballot box. He said that "the path to seek rights" should be limited to the courts.

On Sunday, a majority of Turkish voters cast ballots in favor of 18 constitutional amendments, primarily aimed at switching from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance.

President Trump's phone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him on the passage of a referendum expanding his governing powers was not an endorsement of the measure, the White House said Tuesday.

"The main opposition party not recognising the results is not an acceptable thing", Mr Yildirim said.

Mehmet Hadimi Yakupoglu, the Republican People's Party's representative to the High Electoral Board, said the party had asked the board to annul Sunday's referendum "because we weren't able to ensure election safety".

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Global monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) warned the move undermined safeguards against fraud.

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

Opponents of Erdogan are calling the fairness of the referendum vote into question and demanding a recount.

Over the weekend, the European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey, Kati Piri, also expressed concern over the vote, which she called a "major shift" away from European values.

"That the Turkish leadership didn't like the criticism by the OSCE's election observer mission isn't a surprise to anyone", German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said. "We neither see, hear, nor acknowledge the political reports you'll prepare. It is wrong to speak after the people have spoken". "Everyone will know their place", he said.In contrast with the European Union attitude, Donald Trump congratulated the Turkish president personally on the phone on Monday.

"There will be no call to Erdogan from the Commission, certainly not a congratulatory call", the official said.

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