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Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

21 April 2017

HDP deputy chairman Mithat Sancar said the vote was undermined by the fact that the campaign was held under emergency rule while the party's co-leaders were under arrest, that its candidates for polling station monitors were rejected, and that state resources were used in the "yes" campaign.

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. "Because, the Yes votes also became controversial through this decision".

"This referendum will forever remain controversial", he told reporters.

Turkey voted on Sunday to switch to a presidential system, greatly increasing Erdogan's powers.

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Erdogan has dismissed the criticism from the observers, telling the monitors to "know your place". Erdogan's referendum win heralds huge changes in Turkey, but will narrow margin humble him?

In addition, changes to Turkey's executive branches will effectively abolish the position of prime minister, turning Erdogan's presidential role from a largely ceremonial one to an active one. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sunday's referendum to be annulled because of alleged voting irregularities. "We will demand the rights of the voters until the end", he said.

Turkey's High Electoral Board rejected on Wednesday appeals to from the main opposition parties to annul the referendum granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, the board said in a statement.

"Calling people to the street is wrong and is outside the line of legitimacy", Yildirim said.

Supporters of the "no" vote, one, holding a banner of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, centre, chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

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Global election monitors, including from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, noted a series of irregularities, and said the decision to accept as valid ballots without official stamps undermined safeguards against fraud and was contrary to Turkish law.

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.

Erdogan has rejected reports about voting irregularities from European observers, saying Turkey does not "see, hear, or acknowledge the politically motivated reports" of the global monitors.

The new system outlined under the constitutional changes will take full effect at the next election, slated for November 2019.

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Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum