Turkey: Election board rejects referendum appeals

Turkey: Election board rejects referendum appeals

Turkey: Election board rejects referendum appeals

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

On Sunday, 51.4 percent of Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of 18 constitutional amendments that will, among other things, see Turkey switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential system of governance.

The CHP has led criticism of the result of Sunday's referendum, particularly the YSK's decision to include ballot papers unverified by the local electoral board in the count.

Hundreds of people are queuing in front of Turkey's election board in capital Ankara to submit petitions requesting that the electoral authority reverse a controversial decision during Sunday's referendum to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's electoral board on Wednesday rejected petitions by opposition parties to annul the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers because of voting irregularities.

The prime minister then called on the main opposition party to be accountable for their actions. "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.

The U.S. State Department said it had taken note of the European monitors' concerns and looked forward to a final report, urging the Turkish government to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens, however they voted.

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A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven.

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

The protesters on Wednesday evening chanted "Thief, Murderer, Erdogan" and "Don't be silent, shout out, "no" to the presidency".

Earlier, 19 people were detained for allegedly using the results of a constitutional referendum as an "excuse" to organize "unauthorized demonstrations", official Anadolu news agency reported.

A government spokesperson said: "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this. From the German government's point of view, Turkey must. clear up the questions that have been raised".

Erdogan's referendum win heralds huge changes in Turkey, but will narrow margin humble him?

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in May ahead of a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

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