Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

The bar association said a last-minute decision by the YSK to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum was clearly against the law, prevented proper records being kept, and may have impacted the results.

"The tight referendum result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is and that means a big responsibility for the Turkish leadership and for President Erdogan personally", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a joint statement, calling for a "respectful dialogue" in Ankara with the opposition and all parts of Turkish society. "The will of the people was freely reflected into the ballot boxes and this business is over".

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan and Trump would meet in person next month, before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sun. Worldwide observers charged that the referendum campaign was conducted on an "unlevel playing field" and that the vote count was marred by late procedural changes.

Europe has been critical of the Turkish government's crackdown on opposition members and supporters after a failed coup last July. European monitors said the referendum did not meet worldwide standard. Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of.

"The legal framework. remained inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum", the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) monitors said in a statement.

Tourist centers such as the Mediterranean city of Antalya, through which some 6 million foreign visitors entered the country previous year, also overwhelmingly voted "No". Global monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the move undermined safeguards against fraud.

"We neither see, hear, nor acknowledge the political reports you'll prepare", Erdogan said later at the Presidential Palace in Ankara. We are invited by the Turkish authorities to observe.

Supporters of the "no" vote, (Hayir in Turkish) chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Tana de Zulueta, head of the observer mission, told reporters that the group had paid a courtesy call and held a "cordial" meeting with electoral board members.

Protesters were fewer in number in Ankara, where they were outnumbered by police officers.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Anadolu reported.

"For years, we have worked on getting ourselves integrated with the world", Serafettin Asut, head of the chamber of commerce and industry in the Mediterranean city of Mersin, home to one of Turkey's largest worldwide ports.

The two Presidents discussed the recent developments in Syria.

Bilginsoy contributed from Istanbul and Mehmet Guzel contributed from Ankara.

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