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Turkish electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

Nellie Chapman | 20 April, 2017, 07:09

She vowed that her party will "not recognise" the referendum result, arguing that the referendum process was fraudulent and the results were manipulated.

Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP said it will present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum.

"We will demand the rights of the voters until the end", he said.

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

In Ankara, hundreds of people lined up outside the election board's offices to submit petitions requesting the board reverse its decision to accept the ballots without official stamps.

The Istanbul Bar Association on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint against electoral board head Sadi Guven for "wrongful conduct" and "altering the result of the election".

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Turkish cities to protest the result of the controversial referendum which is set to hand extensive new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Yildirim said the "the path to seek rights" should be limited to legal objections.

"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".

On Sunday, 51 percent of Turks voted in favor of 18 constitutional amendments greatly strengthening the role of the presidency in Turkey, allowing the president to keep his role in the politburo, and making changes to the judiciary and parliament, among others.

In the Istanbul district of Beskitas, protesters chanted "thief, murderer, Erdogan", and accused the national electoral commission of partisanship.

"We will use all democratic and peaceful means to reject the referendum result ..."

Germany also expressed concern. Meanwhile, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer 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".

"Those [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Referendum Observation Mission] concerns include observed irregularities on voting day and an uneven playing field during the hard campaign period, which took place under a state of emergency", a statement from Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the US State Department read, as he thanked the the work of the observation mission.