Trump congratulates Erdogan after Turkey referendum win
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
"Poland acknowledges the results of Turkey's referendum on 16 April 2017 and awaits their official confirmation", the ministry said in a statement.
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. A last-minute decision by Turkey's electoral board to accept ballots as valid without official stamps raised concerns of widespread ballot stuffing; European Union monitors noted how these "late changes in counting procedures removed an important safeguard" to a credible vote tally.
However, in Turkey's three largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - a majority voted "no".
The move comes despite protests from opposition parties and worldwide monitoring groups - as well as Trump's own State Department - about voting irregularities during Sunday's referendum.
Turkish authorities should launch "transparent investigations" after global observers criticized the fairness of the voting process during the recent referendum, a spokesman for the European Commission said Tuesday.
The European Commission called on Turkey on Tuesday to investigate "alleged irregularities" in Sunday's referendum boosting the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, New Europe writes.
The "Yes" camp won 51.41 per cent in Sunday's referendum, according to complete results released by the election authorities.
"It is clear that the High Electoral Board is not receiving its power from the people, the law or the constitution but rather from a specific center, a specific political authority", he said. In an address to politicians from his ruling party, he said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: "The opposition should not speak after the people have spoken".
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking on CNN Turk, urged the opposition Wednesday to drop its challenge.
His support for hard-line Islamist groups fighting the Syrian regime-like the US support for Afghan mujahedeen fighting the Soviets during the 1980s-has begun to backfire as Turkey has become a target of terrorist attacks from Salafist extremists.
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who also listed numerous irregularities, said the move undermined important election safeguards, drawing a harsh rebuke from Erdogan. "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".
Celia also denounced election observers' criticism that the country's referendum fell below worldwide standards, saying their remarks lacked objectivity and impartiality.
"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.
The seal, required under election rules, is meant to prevent fraud. "After our president and Trump confirmed a meeting in May, [US Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson and I will set a date", Cavusoglu said.